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What Are the Warning Signs for Elder Abuse?

It’s important for loved ones to recognize signs of mistreatment in nursing homes, as abuse can sometimes be mistaken for effects of aging or dementia. Different types of abuse have different potential symptoms:

Common signs of physical abuse:

  • Bruises or bleeding
  • Bedsores
  • Physical discomfort

Common signs of emotional abuse:

  • Withdrawal/silence around caretakers
  • Unusual behavior changes

Common signs of sexual abuse:

  • Bruising around genitals
  • Unexplained infections

Common signs of financial exploitation:

  • Sudden money issues
  • Unpaid bills
  • Changes to will or power of attorney

Often residents feel too ashamed to report abuse themselves. Families should watch closely for any concerning signs and seek legal help if abuse is suspected. Early vigilance is key to stopping mistreatment.