If there is someone you love in a nursing home in North Carolina, you might visit them on a regular basis or on special occasions. When you visit, take some time to look for possible neglect or abuse.
Physical signs are those that are often quite clear regarding nursing home abuse and neglect. You could see broken bones, bruises, or marks from ropes or other restraints on areas of the body. The person could have personal items that are broken, such as eyeglasses or hearing aids. This sometimes happens if the person tries to resist the abuse that’s taking place. These are signs that should be reported as soon as possible. You also want to take pictures of any physical signs that you see so that you have evidence to present against the nursing home.
Sometimes, signs of nursing home abuse aren’t always easy to see. Emotional abuse can occur when workers taunt residents or when they make fun of them. They could call the residents names or make them feel as though they are worthless because they are in a nursing home. While this is abuse, you might not know about it because it can be hidden as some people might not want or know how to talk about what’s happening.
There are sometimes hidden signs when sexual abuse is taking place as well. The abuser might not perform acts that are strong enough to leave behind bruises, but the resident could contract an STD as a result of the abuse, which you might not know about if there is no information from the resident’s doctor.
Although many people get the help that they need while in a nursing home, there are circumstances when various types of abuse can take place.