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INSTITUTIONAL ELDER ABUSE

Institutional elder abuse is an unconscionable act that is perpetrated upon older individuals who are unable to protect themselves against physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. What makes institutional elder abuse so egregious is that the nursing home resident, guardian, or their family has paid money to the very people or facility that is abusing their loved one. In this section, we will outline what you should look for as signs that abuse in a nursing home is occurring.

If you recognize any of these signs or symptoms from a resident of a nursing home and cannot find a legitimate reason for its existence, you need to contact an attorney who can begin collecting the information you need to bring suit against the perpetrators of this serious crime.


Signs of General Neglect and Elder Abuse

  • Sores or rashes on the body
  • A smell of urine or fecal matter on elder's body, in their room
    or other living area
  • Safety and/or health hazards are evident in elder's living area
  • Elder has an untreated medical condition
  • Obvious malnutrition
  • Elder is excessively dehydrated
  • Inadequately clothed


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Signs of Physical Elder Abuse

  • Bruises, welts, or discoloration on the face or body
  • Bedsores (skin ulcers, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, dermal ulcers, or pressure ulcers)
  • Puncture wounds, cuts, scratches, lacerations
  • Scared or fearful attitude of resident to a particular staff member
  • Reluctance of resident to explain burns, wounds, bruises, etc.
  • Soiled clothing, bed, or living area
  • Untreated or cared for medical problems
  • Bodily problems not compatible with resident's history
  • Burns on the body (commonly from cigarettes, ropes, restraints, etc.)
  • Significant weight loss (in absence of illness)
  • Noticeable dehydration (in absence of illness)
  • Noticeable malnutrition
  • Significant skin problems
  • Bleeding or hemorrhaging below scalp

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Signs of Sexual Elder Abuse

  • Inappropriate display of affection by staff member
  • Flirtation or coyness directed to a particular resident

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Signs of Emotional Elder Abuse

  • Confusion
  • Unwarranted anger
  • Depression without illness
  • Agitated state
  • Unusual silence or sulleness
  • Helplessness
  • Hesitation to talk openly
  • Implausible stories
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Denial
  • Fear
  • Withdrawal symptoms

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Signs of Financial Exploitation

  • Resident has no awareness of their financial affairs. Not aware of how their money or assets are being handled.
  • Resident's rent is often overdue. Other bills are late or are unpaid.
  • Noticeable difference between known material status of resident and appearance (clothing, material possessions, etc.).
  • Inappropriate activity of bank accounts
  • Signatures on checks do not resemble the older person's signature, or signed when older person cannot write
  • Recent changes to will for a resident who is unable to make such a decision.
  • Caregiver concerned that too much money is being used to provide resident with care and services.

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Signs of Facility Problems

  • Insufficient staff training
  • Less than adequate maintenance on structures.
  • Excessive demands on staff
  • Insufficient staff
  • Poorly paid staff
  • Accepting residents whose needs cannot be met by facility
  • Crowding/concentration of vulnerable adults
  • High employee absenteeism
  • Staff duties not properly defined
  • Poor response to alleged incidence of abuse
  • High personnel turnover

If the safety and health of your loved one is in jeopardy, and you feel that they have suffered some form of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us to speak with an attorney.


HOMEPAGE

AN OVERVIEW OF ELDER ABUSE

INSTITUTIONAL ELDER ABUSE

GOVERNMENT ACTION AGAINST ELDER ABUSE

FILING A COMPLAINT

PROTECTING YOUR ELDER IN A HOME

RESIDENT RIGHTS

SAMPLE NURSING HOME COMPLAINT FORM

ELDER ABUSE FAQs

ELDER ABUSE LINKS

CONTACT AN ELDER ABUSE ATTORNEY

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Married Couples

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Elder Abuse in the News

Organizations to Assist in Elder Abuse Cases

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