Elders are some of the most vulnerable populations in society. They are physically limited to defend themselves, and sometimes, their limitations make them unable to communicate the abusive conditions they experience.

As the adult, you should be the one to ensure that your loved one in the nursing home is in a safe environment. It is also important to know that you can file a personal injury case against nursing homes and their medical staff. According to the personal injury website of Ali Mokaram, a negligent party responsible for the injury of an innocent party may be held liable.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the use of non-accidental force against a person. In nursing homes, the abusers are most likely the staff themselves and the abused are their patients. If your loved one is a patient, he or she may have unexplained wounds and torn or bloody clothing.

The most common physical abuse scenarios involve the improper restraining of an elder, so be cautious of these wounds, especially if they are in the neck, wrist, and leg areas, and if they look like they came from straps and other restraining devices.

Effects

Physical abuse has a lot of effects, and the most obvious one is injury. What makes this worse is the fact that elderly people are generally more fragile, so they are easily injured compared to other populations. They have more brittle bones, making the bones prone to fractures.

Associated with the injury are pain and suffering. The injury may have emotional and psychological effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, having flashbacks and nightmares about getting abused, and even further complications, like digestive problems, eating and sleeping disorders, and anorexia.

If your loved one is being abused, he or she may also suffer from anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and intense fear on the presence of a particular nursing home staff. If you see these signs, be wary, as your loved one may be experiencing some form of abuse in the nursing home.

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