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Is weight loss always a sign of elder abuse?

It sometimes seems like there are as many red flags that poor nursing homes exhibit as there are poor nursing homes. For instance, if you notice that your loved ones’ nursing home is the workplace of a frantic or inadequate number of staff members, that is a potential sign that neglect may exist in the nursing home.

However, in some instances, it can be difficult to tell whether or not one of the quintessential red flags is an actual trouble sign. According to US News & World Report, weight loss or bruising might be the result of comparatively innocuous situations, or it could be a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect.

Bruising and weight loss

It is possible that after your loved one moves into a nursing home that he or she exhibits weight loss. You may at first be afraid that this is a sign of inadequate care. It is possible that this is the case, but it is also possible that age and other illnesses are causing your loved one to lose weight.

Particularly if your loved one is on blood thinners, gently bumping the nightstand may cause serious bruising. If you notice that your loved one is losing weight or sporting bruises, you should be on alert for a potentially bad situation but also continue to investigate.

Ask questions, get answers

In the event that weight loss or bruising is innocent, the nursing home staff should be aware of the situation and have a plan in place. If you notice that your loved one has bruises, speak up and ask what the plan is moving forward. In the event that the situation is innocuous, there will always be a plan.


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