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Non-physical signs of neglect or abuse

Alabama residents expect their loved ones to be treated with kindness and respect when they leave them in the care of a facility. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect do happen at these institutions sometimes. What can a person do to look for some of the signs that might not be as obvious as a bruise?

Physical abuse is not the only type of harm that a resident may suffer from in a nursing home. FindLaw state that there is also mental, emotional, and even sexual abuse that may occur. Neglect can also be an issue, though this may possibly be unintentional due to a place taking on more residents than it should. Mental or emotional abuse can be difficult to pinpoint because it doesn't leave physical evidence in many cases. However, there are still telltale signs that can come from personality changes.

According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, signs of emotional abuse can include: 

  • Nervous ticks like rocking or mumbling
  • Controlling, threatening or belittling behavior from the caretaker
  • Sudden unexplained snappishness or irritability
  • Sudden withdrawal from activities or things previously enjoyed

Unfortunately, some of these symptoms can mimic signs of dementia or Alzheimer's. Because of that, it can be difficult to determine that abuse is occurring unless the situation is monitored for a longer period of time.

Those who have had their loved ones suffer from abuse in a nursing home situation may then move on to seek compensation. This can help cover costs while the family seeks to recover from the damage and find a new home.

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