Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

People who take the steps to have family members placed in nursing homes also deal with an enormous amount of trust being handed to the employees of such nursing homes to care for their loved ones, so it becomes absolutely chilling when a person sees signs that their loved one may not be getting the best possible care. Any person who suspects that a nursing home in Louisiana or the greater Gulf Coast region has been abusing or neglecting their loved one will want to speak to an experienced New Orleans nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer.


The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that studies found at least one in 10 community-dwelling older adults experienced some kind of abuse in the prior year, with the prevalence of mistreatment most often including psychological abuse (33.4 percent), physical (14.1 percent), financial (13.8 percent), neglect (11.6 percent), and sexual abuse (1.9 percent). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 643,000 older adults were treated in the emergency department for nonfatal assaults during one 15-year period, while more than 19,000 homicides occurred.

Possible Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

It is not always easy for family members to see the immediate signs of abuse or neglect. Staff members know that certain signs will be evident to family members and may create stories that serve as excuses to cover for abusive or neglectful behavior.

Some of the most common signs can generally include the following


Physical Abuse

Bedsores or pressure ulcers, a lack of personal hygiene, and dehydration or malnutrition are common signs of neglect, but broken or fractured bones, bruises, burns, and welts on the skin, cuts, lacerations, and skin tears, head or dental injuries, unexplained weight loss, residents being unwilling to speak in front of certain staff members, and any injury requiring medical treatment can all be signs of physical abuse.


Emotional Abuse

An older adult may be the victim of emotional abuse if they display anxiety or depression, lowered confidence and self-worth, an onset of aggressive or violent behavior, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or actions, or trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.


Sexual Abuse 

Bruises or welts around the genitals, inappropriate physical contact with staff members, and unexplained sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can all be signs of sexual abuse.


Financial Abuse

Any changes to a power of attorney, opening new credit cards or bank accounts, and strange transactions or charges can all be signs of possible financial abuse of a resident.


People should also look for signs from staff members that may be indicative of abuse, including:

  • Any failure to respond to a request for assistance from a resident
  • Improperly providing medications
  • Failure to respond to concerns about conflicts between residents
  • Poor planning when moving residents between floors or rooms
  • Showing any kind of disrespect toward residents


Call Us Today to Speak with a New Orleans Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer

If you fear that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Louisiana, Texas, or anywhere else in the Gulf Coast region, make sure that you are quick to seek legal representation for assistance in getting help. Egenberg Trial Lawyers can work tirelessly to make sure that you can get justice for your loved one and also recover compensation.


Our firm knows that many nursing homes are reluctant to admit that they might not have the best staff to deal with their residents, but we also know how to hold these parties accountable. You can call (504) 229-3117 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with our New Orleans nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer.

Don’t Overlook These Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), there are 25,515 nursing facility residents in Louisiana and 88,809 in Texas. The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) further report that Louisiana has 100 assisted living communities with 5,300 beds and an average of 44 people served, while Texas has 1,300 assisted living communities with 48,700 beds and an average of 29 people served.


While a majority of older adults still live in the community, there are still a significant number of older adults living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. While these facilities are supposed to provide comfort to family members that their loved ones are being cared for every waking hour, nursing home abuse and neglect are regrettably common and frequently overlooked until it is too late.


Types of Nursing Home Abuse

The phrase nursing home abuse and neglect can prompt a number of different images in a person’s mind, but there are actually several different kinds of actions that can constitute nursing home abuse. In general, the most common kinds of nursing home abuse include:

  • Physical Abuse The kind of abuse that comes to mind for most people, nursing home residents may be subjected to physically abusive practices by some staff members. Physical abuse can include residents being punched, kicked, or otherwise struck by staff members.

  • Emotional Abuse Emotional abuse is far more difficult to identify because the effects are not always seen. Examples of emotional abuse could include staff members yelling at residents, taunting residents, or isolating residents. The signs of emotional abuse may include the older adult becoming more depressed or withdrawn.

  • Nursing Home Neglect  Nursing home residents can be left unattended for long periods of time. Neglect may lead to malnutrition, medications not being administered as recommended, or residents living in dire conditions. Neglect is often the result of unqualified staff.

  • Sexual Abuse  In 2017, CNN reported that the federal government cited over 1,000 nursing homes for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse at their facilities.


  • Financial Abuse Nursing home residents can be at risk of mismanaging their money or having nursing home employees steal money from them.


Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The typical question most people have when confronted about nursing home abuse is to ask what can be done? You should always look for the signs of possible nursing home abuse or neglect.

Some of the most common signs usually include:

  • Bedsores or pressure ulcers
  • Unchanged, filthy clothes or bed sheets
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Changes to the power of attorney
  • Anxiety 
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises, burns, and welts 
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Opening new credit cards or bank accounts
  • Dehydration 
  • Malnutrition
  • Fatigue, insomnia, or other sleep disorders
  • Strange financial transactions or charges
  • Head injuries
  • Dental injuries
  • Illness or infection
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms


When a family believes that their loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, they may have cause to file a lawsuit against the facility that allowed or caused the abuse or neglect to occur. It will be the facility itself that is the defendant, not necessarily the employee who may have committed the abuse.


Call Us Today to Speak with a New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer

Egenberg Trial Lawyers understands how difficult it can be for families to pursue legal action in these cases, but we will work closely with you so you can understand all of your rights and be informed the entire time we are fighting to achieve justice. You can call (504) 229-2853 or contact us online to receive a free consultation that will allow us to review your entire case and outline what can be done.