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Does Your Parent Reside In A Nursing Home? 4 Signs That They May Be The Victim Of Abuse

by Stacy Dean

If your parent is living in a nursing home, you should know that they're at risk of becoming the victim of elder abuse. In fact, studies show that about 1.4 million Americans. When you chose a nursing home for your parent, you hoped that they would be kept, happy, healthy, and safe. Unfortunately, many seniors who are residing in nursing homes, are not living under any of those conditions. According to statistics, about 1 in 3 nursing homes throughout America. You can help protect your parent from nursing home abuse by knowing what to look for. Here are four signs that your parent may be the victim of abuse in the nursing home they're residing in:

Unexplained Mood Changes

If your parent is usually happy and outgoing but has suddenly become sad or withdrawn, you need to look closer at the care they're receiving. They could be the victim of abuse, especially if there are no other issues that could explain mood or behavioral changes. To monitor your parent's behavior, start visiting more often, including making unscheduled visits. It's also important that you begin watching your parent around other residents, or staff. If your parent becomes apprehensive or fearful around particular people, it's time to speak to an attorney.

Sudden Loss of Weight

If your parent has suddenly started losing weight, they may be having their food withheld from them. This is particularly true if there are no underlying medical conditions that would cause your parent to lose weight. If you suspect that your loved one is being deprived of their food, it's important that you schedule an appointment with their private physician. They'll be able to determine if your parent is suffering from malnutrition or dehydration. If your physician suspects abuse, you'll need to seek legal help as soon as possible.

Disappearance of Property

If your parent has been losing their property, or you can't find gifts that have been given to them, they could be having their possessions taken from them. The elderly are easy targets for theft, especially if they're afraid of the person who's stealing from them. If your parent doesn't know where their belongings are or refuse to tell you, you need to speak to an attorney.

Increase in Injuries

If your parent has suddenly begun suffering from an increase in injuries, they may be the victim of nursing home abuse. This is particularly true if the injuries are broken bones, dislocated joints, or burns. Document the injuries your parent has sustained, and then consult with a nursing home abuse attorney.