Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse is a major problem throughout the United States.  It is difficult for loved ones and their families to know the extend of abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  We outline the basics to help you identify this type of abuse.

Signs of Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries such as bruises and swelling
  • Broken bones 
  • Medication issues relating to dosage or overdoses
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames
  • Rope marks on wrists are typical signs of being restrained
  • Nursing facility refuses to let you see your loved ones alone
  • Changes in behavior of the elder
  • Arguments between the caregiver and nursing home patient
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Unsuitable clothing

Mental Abuse

  • Controlling, threatening, and belittling of the elderly
  • Behavior of the elder that seems to indicate some form of dementia.  Such as rocking or mumbling to oneself.

The Law

It is important to realize that when abuse has occurred, the facility may have violated numerous federal and/or state laws concerning nursing homes.  For example, The Nursing Home Reform Act established the following rights for nursing home residents:


  • The right to freedom from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect;
  • The right to freedom from physical restraints;
  • The right to privacy;
  • The right to accommodation of medical, physical, psychological, and social needs;
  • The right to participate in resident and family groups;
  • The right to be treated with dignity;
  • The right to exercise self-determination;
  • The right to communicate freely;
  • The right to participate in the review of one’s care plan, and to be fully informed in advance about any changes in care, treatment, or change of status in the facility; and
  • The right to voice grievances without discrimination or reprisal.


If you have a loved one at a nursing home or assisted living facility, we recommend you look for the basic signs mentioned in this article.  If abuse has occurred, you and your loved ones may be compensated!  

In recent news, a Oklahoma jury award 1.2 million to the family of a 96 -year old woman who was abused in a nursing facility.  You can check out the article here:  click on me


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