Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Physical Elder Abuse

Physical elder abuse includes physical assault, sexual assault, unreasonable physical constraint, prolonged deprivation of food or water, and inappropriate use of a physical or chemical restraint or psychotropic medication.

Some common signs of physical abuse of an elder include:

  • Excessive weight loss
  • Development and/or worsening of bedsores/pressure sores
  • Unusual or recurring bruises, welts, scratches
  • Bruising on both sides of the body
  • Bruising around the arm
  • Dirty, uncombed, or matted hair
  • Bleeding scalp/patches of missing hair
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothes
  • Injuries consistent with biting, cutting, pinching, or twisting of limbs
  • Burns (caused by scalding water, cigarettes)
  • Any type of injury that shows an outline of an object, such as a belt or hand

Elder Neglect

Unfortunately, many elders are unable to communicate instances of neglect because of their physical or mental state. Other times, they may be afraid and intimidated. Some warning signs of neglect include:

  • Malnutrition 
  • Dehydration (constant thirst or extremely dry skin)
  • Bedsores / pressure sores
  • Unusual weight loss / weakness
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, blisters, or broken bones
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding; or venereal disease or genital infections
  • Soiled clothes or bedding
  • Unsanitary conditions overall
  • Hazardous or unsafe living conditions
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Depression
  • Over-medicated
  • Loss of possessions or money

Behavioral Changes

Oftentimes an elder will display behavioral changes when being abused or neglected. Some of the more common signs include the following:

  • Sudden personality changes
  • Uncharacteristic anger, lack of interest, or anxiety
  • Fear of being alone
  • Overwhelming sadness and frequent crying
  • Withdrawn or depressed
  • Confused or very forgetful
  • Feeling helpless
  • Hesitant to talk freely
  • Frightened
  • Secretive
  • Change in alertness
  • Rude or humiliating comments by caregiver

We Care

Nursing homes should be where your loved ones are taken care of and watched over. We are ready to take anyone that abuses your loved one to court. We also will make sure that your loved one receives the compensation they deserve for being mistreated and abused in a facility that was suppose to take care of them. Contact the Phillips Law Offices today if you need a nursing home abuse attorney or just have questions and want to talk. Give us a call at (530) 265-0186.