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What differentiates nursing home abuse from neglect?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2019 | Nursing Home Injuries |

As a resident in Arlington Heights who has left your loved ones in the care of a nursing home facility, you expect them to be treated like family. But what if that isn’t the case? Here are some signs of abuse and neglect to look out for, as well as what differentiates the two. 

FindLaw takes a look at abuse and neglect in the nursing home industryUnfortunately, this can be a problem in any facility regardless of how expensive it is or how good the reviews are. Neglect and abuse can also look different, so it is important to know what to look for. 

Neglect usually shows through injuries that are the result of a resident being ignored for a prolonged period of time. This can include pressure or bed sores from lying in one place for too long, fractured or broken bones from falls that were never treated, and signs of malnutrition or dehydration. 

Abuse can also come in many forms, including sexual, physical and mental. Signs of physical abuse can include burns, scrapes or scratches, bruising, or broken or fractured bones. Staff may be openly hostile, aggressive behind your back, or your loved one may react in a scared or anxious way when the abusive staff member(s) are in the area. 

If you believe there are signs that your loved one is being abused in their nursing home, consider contacting an attorney with experience in handling nursing home abuse cases. They can help you fight against the abusive individual or establishment and even collect compensation for damages.