Unexplained Bruises or Welts in Nursing Home Patients
If you’re like most people, you only want the best for your loved ones – particularly when those loved ones live in a nursing home or in an assisted-care facility. You visit as often as you can, and you try to interact as much as possible… and you’re always on the lookout for anything out-of-place.
When you notice bruising on your mother, father, grandparent or other loved one, red flags should go up. All bruises should be questioned and investigated when your loved one is living in an assisted-care facility, because each year, there are about 2.1 million cases of nursing home abuse across the U.S. What’s worse is that experts believe only one in five cases is actually reported.
Bruises or Welts in Nursing Homes
Naturally, bruising is more common in elderly people than it is in younger people. Still, every bruise or welt should be thoroughly examined to determine its cause.
Those that are most concerning include:
- Bruises on the hips and arms from falls. If your loved one is falling in a nursing home, that’s an indicator of possible staff neglect.
- Bruises on wrists and arms from bed rails or other restraints. If your loved one is not being allowed to move freely, you should be very concerned – and someone should have called you if a situation arose where your loved one was a danger to others and required some form of restraint.
- Bruises that appear to be from hitting or grabbing. Caretakers or other residents may have hit your loved one, and both are completely unacceptable.
Reducing the Chances that Your Loved One is Hurt in a Nursing Home
Statistics have shown that nursing home residents who have frequent contact with the outside world are less likely to suffer abuse at the hands of staff or other residents. However, you can’t prevent everything; if you find that your loved one has been abused or neglected in an assisted-care facility or in a nursing home, talk to the director immediately. If possible, remove your loved one from the situation… and then call a nursing home abuse attorney who can help protect your loved one’s rights and get justice for your whole family.