What Are Examples of Nursing Home Abuse?

Among other things, nurses may fail to recognize the symptoms of common illnesses and conditions, such as:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bed sores / pressure ulcers
  • Pneumonia
  • Malnutrition / dehydration evidences by weight loss or gain

Nurses and other care providers at these facilities may fail to obtain appropriate medical care for their patients. Physicians may misdiagnose a condition and prescribe incorrect or insufficient treatment or medication. They may even actively abuse a patient—physically, financially, sexually, or emotionally. It’s important to know the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.

How Can I Tell if My Loved One is Being Mistreated in a Nursing Home?

There are many signs that could point to nursing home negligence or mistreatment. You should know about them if you have a loved one in a long-term care facility. Watch for changes in behavior and personality. Is the patient suddenly withdrawn, angry, uncomfortable or anti-social? Does he or she behave differently when staff members—or one staff member in particular—is in the room? Does your loved one appear to be over or under medicated?