Know The Signs of Nursing Home Abuse 

The signs of nursing home abuse can vary from visible wounds to more subtle signs, such as withdrawal in cases of emotional abuse.

Tragically, as half of nursing home staff have admitted to abusing elders, it is critically important to know the signs to help keep your loved ones safe.


Emotional Abuse

Depression/ Withdrawal – You may notice your loved one is upset, anxious and does not like to participate in activities he or she once enjoyed. He or she may be uncommunicative.

Changes in Eating/ Sleeping Patterns – Your loved one may have abrupt changes in in eating and sleeping patterns, such as eating less and having trouble sleeping.



Lack of Personal Hygiene – If a caregiver neglects to help your loved one with basic hygiene needs, you may notice lack of dental care or lack of bathing.

Unsanitary Living Conditions – You may notice your loved one does not have clean clothing or bedding that are required.


Physical Abuse

Bruises – If a caretaker forcefully grabs or restrains residents, you may notice unexplained bruising.

Broken/ Fractured Bones – If a caregiver physically abuses or restrains a resident, broken bones may occur.


Sexual Abuse

Unexplained Infections – The presence of genital infections or STDs are often indicative of sexual abuse.

Torn/ Stained Clothing – You may notice torn clothing or abnormal blood on clothing, which is a cause of concern.


Most Cases of Abuse Are Not Reported, Leaving Loved Ones to Suffer in Silence

  • 1 in 10 elders will be abused in their lifetimes
  • Only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are ever reported

 Know the Signs. Be a Voice for Your Loved Ones

It is important to always look for signs of abuse. If you think something is wrong, trust your instincts and contact an experienced Kansas City nursing home abuse attorney.

Get the Justice Your Loved Ones Deserve

At The Goss Law Firm, our compassionate team of experienced nursing home abuse attorneys is here to help stand up against the institutions and perpetrators of abuse.

We are dedicated to obtaining the justice your loved ones deserve.  Give us a call today for a free consultation at 816-888-5000 today.

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