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Signs and Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Caring for nursing home residents can be extremely stressful. Tragically, the stress of providing necessary care can cause caregivers to become impatient and lash out against those to whom they provide care.  Other times, the stress of providing proper care can cause caregivers to become indifferent or refuse to provide the care a resident needs. Nursing home staff may be especially prone to commit abuse and neglect due to lack of training, lack of staff, and lack of supplies. These poor work conditions within nursing homes create the perfect storm for abuse and neglect.

How do you know whether your loved one is being abused or neglected? Unfortunately, many people do not recognize when a loved one is being victimized because many of the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect mimic symptoms of physical or mental deterioration and dementia.

The following are general signs of abuse and neglect:

  • Bedsores
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration
  • Falls
  • Unstable vital signs
  • Untreated physical problems such as contractures, and urinary tract infections
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Poor personal hygiene and grooming
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Elopement from a facility
  • Frequent arguments or tension between caregivers and the resident
  • Unexpected changes in the resident's personality or behavior
  • Unexplained fractures, dislocations, bruises, welts or scars
  • Report of a drug overdose or an apparent failure to take medication
  • Behavior from the resident which mimics dementia
  • Bruises around the resident's breasts or genitals
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding


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