Signs or Symptoms of Abuse or Neglect
Unexplained Bruising or Injuries
Bruising or unexplained injuries can be a sign of neglect or abuse.
Sometimes such injuries can be a sign of rough handling. You should discuss such injuries with the patient and staff. Inquire whether the staff documented how the injury occurred. Take pictures of any such injuries and discuss them with the patient. Even if the patient is demented, they may still recall traumatic events. Discuss proper transfer techniques with the staff and ask to participate in a care plan meeting.
Under Federal regulations a resident has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical and mental abuse. 42 C.F.R. § 483.13 (b). Such facilities are also not allowed to employ staff who have been found guilty of abusing or mistreating residents in a court of law.
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