According to the American Association for Justice, there are currently 1.4 million people living in nursing homes and assisted living centers in Philadelphia and throughout the rest of the country. Given this statistic, the odds are that you know someone personally who is currently living in one of these facilities. Having him or her there should provide you peace-of-mind in knowing that he or she is being cared for by a highly-trained skilled nursing staff. Yet sadly, the AAJ also reports that in 2003 alone, over 20,000 cases of abuse and neglect nationwide were attributed to the staffs of these facilities. To avoid your loved one from becoming one of these statistics, itâ€™s imperative that you know how to spot the signs of nursing home abuse.
Unfortunately, those signs are not often as evident as visible wounds or scars. The manifestations of abuse can be much more subtle, yet by no means less dangerous. Physical signs of abuse include:
There are also many behavioral changes you should be on the lookout for, such as your loved one becoming emotionally withdrawn or demonstrating unresponsiveness or other strange behaviors. You should also make sure that all of their personal items are accounted for. Financial accounts should be reviewed frequently as well for any unexplained transactions.
Too many people notice these signs and fail to report them. The AAJâ€™s study estimates that only 1 of every 14 incidents of nursing home abuse is reported. Failing to report your suspicions may be allowing the abuse to continue to your loved as well as others. While not intended to substitute for legal advice, the need to report such abuse is strongly recommended.