Understanding Physical Abuse of the Elderly

Physical abuse is a type of abuse that could occur in nursing homes. In this article, I will discuss physical abuse, the types of it, how to detect it, the effects of it, and how we can help. If you think your loved one may be experiencing physical abuse in a nursing home, keep reading to learn more.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is unwanted and intentional physical contact. This is a broad category and can take place in many different forms. Continue reading to learn more about what is considered physical abuse and how to detect it.

Types of Physical Abuse

Here are a few types of physical abuse that can be experienced in a nursing home.

  • Violent punishments or discipline
  • Bullying
  • Inappropriate use of restraints
  • Force feeding
  • Drug abuse

Effects and Signs of Physical Abuse

Detecting physical abuse can be hard because an individual may be scared to come forward about it, may not remember it, may be unable to communicate it, or may not even realize that they are experiencing it. Here is a list of some of the effects and signs that your loved one may be experiencing physical abuse.

Mental Effects

  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unexplained changes in behavior
  • Fear of going to the bathroom or bathing
  • Fear of a person or place
  • Improper hygiene

Physical Effects

  • Blood
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Difficulty walking or sitting
  • Forced feeding
  • Imprint injuries
  • Malnutrition
  • Sprains
  • Visible injuries
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration

How To Talk To Your Loved Ones

When discussing physical abuse with your loved ones, it may be a hard topic to discuss. Make sure you are patient and listen to what they are saying. You should do everything possible to support them and help them get to the bottom of things. If you want to discuss abuse with your loved ones but are unsure how, here are some questions you can ask:

  • Do you feel safe in this facility?
  • Are you happy in this facility?
  • Do you feel like the staff takes good care of you?
  • What is your favorite part of living here?
  • What is your least favorite part?
  • Do you socialize often with other residents?
  • Are you sleeping well?

Getting Help

If you suspect a loved one is experiencing physical abuse in their nursing home, please contact us. We offer free consultations and can provide you with more information on how to handle the incident. You can call us at 203-208-3065.

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