It can be scary to place a relative in nursing home.  You are depending on others to care for someone whom you love.  While in most cases nursing home staff members are caring people, all it takes is one staff member to hurt your loved one.  For that reason, it is important to be aware of the potential signs of Georgia nursing home abuse and to know what to do if you suspect nursing home abuse.

These are some potential signs that your loved one is being physically abused, emotionally abused, or neglected:
  • Change in a loved one’s demeanor .  If a nursing home resident appears withdrawn or sedated and a doctor cannot explain the change, that may be cause for concern.  Your loved one may be withdrawn because of abuse or neglect or may be chemically sedated by prescription drugs that were not authorized by a doctor.
  • Change in visitation policies .  If nursing home staff members refuse to let you visit during normal visiting hours or refuse to let you visit without a staff member present, the nursing home may be trying to hide something.
  • Physical symptoms .  If you notice bed sores, bruises, or other signs of physical abuse that cannot be explained, you may be concerned about abuse.

If you notice any signs of nursing home abuse, it is important to take the necessary steps to safeguard your loved one’s health and wellbeing before it is too late.  Contact an Atlanta nursing home abuse attorney at 770.518.1133 or via our online contact form for more information.
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