Each year nearly 6 million cases of elder abuse are reported in the United States. This means that approximately 10% of our nation’s elderly population reports being emotionally, physically, or financially abused. The sad truth is that these statistics only represent a fraction of the actual cases of elder abuse. Most elder abuse goes unreported.
Here is a list of warning signs of elder abuse in nursing homes:
- Unexpected or sudden weight loss
- Personal hygiene issues
- Lack of access to necessities
- Bed sore and skin rashes
- Soiled Garments
- Matted hair
- Unclean hands and/or fingernails
- Nightmares or other sleep issues
- Apprehensive of nursing home staff
- Emotional distress
- Complaints of abuse
Elder abuse in nursing homes is a real problem. If you suspect somebody you love is being abused while in a long-term care facility, you should contact an elder abuse attorney. You should also contact Adult Protective Services and your local law enforcement.