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Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Nursing home abuse comes in many shapes and forms, from financial exploitation to physical abuse, and from neglect to sexual abuse. Knowing the signs of abuse increases the likelihood that family and friends can recognize and stop abuse quickly.

Types & Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Would you be able to recognize the signs of elder abuse and nursing home abuse? Here's what to look for.

Physical Abuse:

  • Unexplained injuries, including bruises and lacerations
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Muscle sprains
  • Prescription drugs that need refilling sooner than expected or less frequently than expected

Emotional and Verbal Abuse:

  • Nursing home resident seems scared or frightened when a particular person, such as a caregiver, is around
  • Nursing home resident doesn't want to be left alone at the facility
  • Caregiver threatens or belittles nursing home resident


  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bed sores
  • Unsanitary conditions, including dirty sheets, bathroom or kitchen
  • Nursing home resident hasn't been bathed and clothes haven't been changed
  • Resident is left unattended or abandoned
  • Living conditions are unsafe (including the lack of heat and air conditioning, lack of running water or lack of electricity)

Sexual Abuse:

  • Bruised or bleeding genitals
  • Damaged, destroyed or missing underwear
  • Newly diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases

Financial Exploitation:

  • Missing money or missing valuables
  • Unexplained credit card charges or bank withdrawals
  • Inability to pay for things the nursing home resident could previously afford
  • Unpaid bills
  • Duplicate credit cards or newly authorized users added to financial accounts
  • Changes in the nursing home resident's estate plans, including last will and testament or financial power of attorney

Find & Hire Local Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If you or someone you love is a victim of nursing home abuse, you must take fast action. Contact police and a nursing home abuse attorney immediately. offers a free service that can help you find local nursing home abuse lawyers. To get matched with an attorney in your area, call us at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page.