4 red flags that could mean nursing home abuse

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2024 | Elder Abuse

Our elderly loved ones need specialized care and close attention. However, some individuals still experience mistreatment. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, one out of ten adults aged 60 years old and above in the U.S. experience some form of abuse each year. This may be in the form of physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse or neglect. 

In a nursing home setting, negligence is when a caregiver fails to provide the adequate care that the residents need. This form of abandonment could result in physical harm, pain, mental stress or emotional agony. It is essential to be aware of possible negligence and immediately take action when necessary. 

Here are the most common red flags indicating neglect in nursing homes: 

  • Poor personal hygiene: Most elders need help bathing, brushing their teeth or dressing. If your loved one’s hygiene is lacking, it could cause other health issues.  
  • Injuries: When elders with mobility issues try to do things on their own, it can result in injuries such as cuts and bruises. These injuries could be prevented if they were given proper attention. 
  • Dehydration and malnutrition: This can result from missing meals. Proper nutrition is key to ensuring the health of the elderly. 
  • Unclean facilities: Dirty and unsanitary facilities could be breeding grounds for infection, putting the health of elderly residents at risk.  

We all want the best for our family, especially for our elders who need a more specific kind of attention. It would be frustrating to know that they are neglected in a home we thought would care for them. If you suspect negligence in your loved one’s nursing home, consider seeking legal advice to ensure that they receive the care they deserve. 


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