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Abuse Signs

Signs of Elder Abuse in Kansas City, MO

Call Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys If You Suspect Abuse

Due to the infirmities and health risks involved with old age, far too many signs of abuse are dismissed as accidents, symptoms of dementia, or simply changing outlook. However, the elderly are like any other group of people—when they are being abused, there are clear red flags. If you want to keep your loved ones safe, pay attention to their physical state.

If you suspect abuse, our Kansas City nursing home abuse lawyers know what to do to keep your cherished family members safe, healthy, and away from abusive or neglectful staff.

Signs of Neglect

Neglect is perhaps the broadest, most vague form of abuse, but it still has clear signs. If you see any of the following signs, consider calling Peterson & Associates, P.C. Our experience with nursing home abuse allows us to identify abuse with confidence and experience, and we will know how to act quickly and find a safe environment for your loved one.

Some of the most common signs of neglect:

  • Bedsores
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Poor hygiene
  • Environmental hazards

Signs of Physical Abuse

Physical abuse will often be disguised as medical accidents or falls by those responsible. If you begin to see a pattern of the below signs (or even just one), seriously consider removing your loved one from a potentially abusive long-term care facility:

  • Suspicious fractures / sprains
  • Frequent bruising
  • Cigarette / appliance burns
  • Skin abrasions on wrists or ankles
  • Injuries your loved one is treating him or herself
  • Loss of hair or teeth from impact or pulling
  • Any unexplained injuries

Signs of Psychological or Emotional Abuse

Not all markers are physically obvious. Pay attention to your loved one’s personality and behavior. It may indicate that the staff is psychologically abusive, using swearing, yelling, and insults on the residents. How do they respond to you? To staff?

The more vigilant you are, the more you’ll be able to spot troubling signs such as:

  • Strained or tense relationships with loved ones
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Sudden changes in personality
  • Noticeably sudden mood swings
  • Does not speak openly around staff
  • Noticeably withdrawn
  • Depression, despair, or isolation
  • Unwillingness to communicate

Signs of Financial Abuse

Unfortunately, financial abuse is more common than many people realize. Preying on the vulnerability of residents, abusive nursing home staffers have been known to steal the financial information of those in their care. Most of the time, seniors will not report financial abuse because the abuser is usually someone they have a close relationship with—not reporting is commonly done by victims to prevent embarrassment while protecting the abuser.

Keep an eye for these common signs:

  • Unexplained loss of money or assets
  • Resident’s living situation mismatches funds
  • Added names on the resident’s bank card
  • Sudden and frequent withdrawals
  • Unexplained changes in the resident’s will

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Likely the most tragic of all nursing home abuses. In a 2000 study published by the Journal of Abuse, 70% of all sex abuse incidents occurred in a nursing home. Another study found that the older a victim was, the less likely the offender would be convicted. This particular type of abuse requires sensitivity to your loved one’s trauma, while remaining dedicated to investigating the problem.

  • Bruising in the inner thigh or genital area
  • Extreme aversion to physical contact
  • Constant fear or agitation
  • Inappropriate dynamic between abuser and abused
  • Sudden injury to the pelvic or groin area
  • Blood-stained or damaged undergarments
  • Sudden anal or genital pain (newly manifested)

Spotting abuse simply requires all of us to be vigilant, observant, and willing to face the truth. If you suspect your elderly family member is being abused in any way, call Peterson & Associates, P.C. at (816) 298-8708.

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