How to Spot Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
The horror of nursing home sexual abuse is unfathomable, even more so when you consider that it could happen to a beloved friend or family member. However, you are not powerless to keep it from happening. When your loved one moves into a retirement home, assisted living facility, nursing home, or other long-term care program, it becomes absolutely essential that you keep your eyes peeled for signs of sexual abuse or signs that your loved one may be at risk.
How Can I Know if My Loved One Is Being Sexually Abused in a Nursing Home?
One thing you can do to help prevent abuse is to visit often and encourage honest communication with your senior. If they feel comfortable telling you the truth about their nursing home experience and know that you are sincerely concerned about their wellbeing, they may be more likely to open up about sexual abuse if it begins to take place. Visiting often, asking caregivers questions about your loved one’s health, and being present can make your senior less of a target than other residents who may never communicate with family, friends, or anyone outside the facility.
When you visit your loved one, here are a few things you can look for in order to spot sexual abuse:
- Touchiness between a caregiver and your loved one or with other residents
- Particularly bad urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- New sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs, STIs)
- Intimidating behavior directed toward your senior or others
- Vaginal or anal bleeding
- New difficulty or increased pain while sitting, standing, walking, or using the bathroom
- Emotional or social changes around certain staff members, caregivers, or other residents
- New personality changes or social changes in general, such as detachment, depression, anxiety, fearfulness, anger, agitation, etc.
- Bruising around genitalia, breasts, legs, and backside
- Bloody clothing, sheets, etc.
When looking for and identifying potential signs of sexual abuse, keep in mind that your loved one could be experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of their specific nurse, caregiver, or other staff member, as well as other residents.
What Should I Do if Someone Is Being Sexually Abused by Nursing Home Staff?
If you believe your family member may be experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of nursing home staff or other residents, it is imperative that you report it immediately. Do not wait, and do not take “no” for an answer. Report the incident and all evidence of abuse immediately to nursing home staff and involve Adult Protective Services in order to have your case investigated. After you have notified the authorities, contact a Dallas nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.
If You Suspect Your Loved One Has Been Sexually Abused, Call a Dallas Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at (214) 301-5007 Immediately
By involving our team at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, you bring in the help of experienced attorneys who are passionate about standing up for people like you and your loved one. We will do whatever it takes to get justice for your loved one and ensure their abusers are brought to justice.
Get in touch with a member of our team right away. Call (214) 301-5007 today.