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As people age, they may require more assistance with their daily activities, and sometimes the best option for them is to move into a nursing home. Nursing homes are meant to provide care and comfort to elderly people who need it. However, not all facilities are created equal. Some nursing homes in Georgia may fail in their duty to provide proper care to their residents, which can result in abuse and neglect.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 5 million people are victims of elder abuse each year. Nursing home abuse is a serious issue that affects millions of elderly people every year. It can take many forms, and it’s not always easy to detect. Here are some common signs of nursing home abuse.

Physical Injuries

One of the most obvious signs of nursing home abuse is physical injuries. These can include bruises, cuts, broken bones or even burns. If you notice any unexplained injuries on your loved one, it’s important to investigate further.

Changes in Behavior

If your loved one suddenly becomes withdrawn, anxious or depressed, it could be a sign of nursing home abuse. They may also become more aggressive or have outbursts of anger. These changes in behavior can be caused by physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect.

Poor Hygiene

Nursing homes are responsible for ensuring that their residents are clean and well-groomed. If you notice that your loved one is not being bathed regularly, their clothes, bed or room are dirty or they have body odor, it could be a sign of neglect.

Malnutrition or Dehydration

Elderly people require a balanced diet and plenty of fluids to stay healthy. If you notice that your loved one is losing weight rapidly, has dry skin or lips or seems constantly thirsty, it could be a sign of malnutrition or dehydration.

Medication Errors

Nursing homes are responsible for administering medication to their residents. If your loved one is missing doses of medication or receiving the wrong medication, it could be a sign of neglect or abuse.

Financial Exploitation

Unfortunately, some nursing home staff may take advantage of vulnerable residents and steal their money or belongings. If you notice that your loved one’s finances are suddenly in disarray or they are missing personal items, it could be a sign of financial exploitation.

Get Help If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

If you notice any of these signs of nursing home abuse, it’s important to take action immediately. Contact the Harman Law Firm in Atlanta or Augusta. We can help you fight for justice and compensation in nursing home abuse cases. Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and it’s up to you to ensure they receive the care they deserve. Let us help.

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