Everyone would like to think that they would be able to identify whether their loved one has been harmed by a staff member or another person at their nursing home. Unfortunately, many cases of nursing home abuse go undetected and unreported1 and victims often suffer in silence. There are many reasons why a nursing home abuse victim may not report an incident or pattern of abuse, including intimidation by the abuser or lack of mental capacity to do so. Because so many cases go unnoticed, the statistics regarding nursing home abuse are likely low estimates.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, the most important step to keep them safe is to visit and talk to them often and let them know they can trust you if anything should be wrong. In addition, you should always be extremely vigilant regarding the common signs of nursing home abuse. These can include:
- Injuries or wounds in different stages of healing (bedsores)