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Common Patterns of Nursing Home Abuse

Common Patterns of Nursing Home Abuse

signs of nursing home abuseEvery year, innocent nursing home patients are abused at the hands of their caregivers.

Family members may be able to protect their loved ones by learning how to recognize patterns of nursing home abuse.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse takes place when caregivers slap, shove, restrain or otherwise apply force against a patient. Physical abuse can also involve the improper use of medication.

Some signs of physical abuse include:

  • Bruises or marks on a patient’s arms or neck

  • Rope marks or restraint marks on the patient’s wrists or ankles

  • Unexplained injuries

  • Refusal to seek medical attention for injuries

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse may consist of a nursing home patient being called names, threatened or intimidated. This type of abuse may include yelling, cursing and insulting patients. Isolating the patient from loved ones is another type of emotional abuse.

Some signs that indicate emotional abuse may be taking place are:

  • Uncommunicative and unresponsive behavior

  • Sudden change in behavior

  • Lack of interest in social contacts

  • Unreasonable fears

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse occurs when a caregiver takes advantage of a patient’s finances. Some signs of financial abuse include:

  • Significant withdrawals from bank accounts

  • Changed beneficiaries on accounts

  • Forged signatures

  • Change in financial condition

Caregiver Neglect

Some patients are not properly supervised and may sustain injuries due to his lack of care. Signs of neglect include:

  • Hygiene problems

  • Dehydration

  • Lack of supervision

  • Lack of medical aids

  • Weight loss

Sexual Abuse

Unfortunately, sexual abuse can also take place in nursing homes. Examples of this type of nursing home abuse include inappropriately touching a patient, exposure to obscene materials or forcing sexual contact onto another individual.

If an Elderly Loved One has Been Hurt, We May be Able to Help.

If you believe that your loved one is being abused, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.


Because of the fact that cases involving nursing home abuse injuries may be highly complex and exceedingly specific, our law firm commonly works with other law firms who have considerable experience in each particular case type. Thus, we may be referring these types of cases to a separate firm, with whom we typically associate and work with on a co-counsel basis.