But, if you know what to look for, you can spot possible abuse or neglect quickly, allowing you to take necessary steps to address it. Here are some of the more common warning signs of abuse or neglect, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging:
- Injuries of any kind, like bruises, pressure sores, broken bones, cuts, scrapes, or burns, especially if you don’t know exactly how they happened
- Sudden changes in behavior, like losing interest in activities the person used to enjoy or seeming unusually depressed or anxious
- Unusual financial activity on the person’s accounts, a change in spending patterns, or missing jewelry or other valuables
- Bed sores, unattended medical needs, soiled bedding or clothes, lack of bathing, or unusual weight loss
- A strained or tense relationship between the elderly person and staff, or staff who are not willing to allow you to be alone with your loved one (they may say as much, or they may simply “hover” in or near the room)
If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the experienced Texas nursing home injury lawyers at The Law Office of WT Johnson immediately. Do not delay – acting quickly is essential to protecting your loved one and securing the compensation they deserve.