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What are some signs of abuse in a nursing home?

As a resident of New Mexico with elderly loved ones to care for, you often trust professional carers to look after and provide for them. In many cases, you may entrust them to the care of a nursing home. Unfortunately, these nursing homes may sometimes have employees who may abuse their residents. At Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we are here to help if you have reason to believe that your loved one is currently facing similar circumstances.

Signs of nursing home abuse can vary depending on the person suffering from the abuse, the person doing the abusing, and other details unique to each individual instance of abuse. However, there are some signs that many different cases may share. This can include:

  • Withdrawal or fear
  • Increased agitation or temper outbursts
  • Depression or similar symptoms
  • New or increased nervous ticks

Of course, there can be physical signs of abuse as well. Keep an eye out for any unexplained weight loss or gain. You should also be on the lookout for bruising, cuts, scrapes, burns, or other physical marks that staff cannot sufficiently explain. Frequent injury can be a warning sign as well, along with signs of dehydration and poor hygiene.

Do you believe that your loved one is showing signs of abuse or neglect? Consider contacting our experienced attorneys today. This isn't a matter that you want to wait on; quick action will often yield better results. You can also take a look at our web page on abuse in nursing homes to read more about others in similar situations.

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