Nusing Home Changes in Behavior
Sometimes the only sign that our elderly loved one is being mistreated is changes in his or her behavior. If your loved one is acting different, causing you to suspect that he or she is being mistreated while under the care of a nursing home, you can contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases and can investigate to determine if your suspicions are correct.
Changes in Behavior and What They Might Mean
When our loved ones start acting different, it could just be because they are getting older and are developing symptoms of dementia and other conditions. But, in some cases, changes in behavior could be caused by mistreatment of our loved one by nursing home staff members.
Changes of behavior that might be a red flag that something could be wrong include:
- Acting withdrawn
- Refusing to take visitors
- Not talking or wanting to make eye contact
- Signs of depression such as being down or sad
- Acting scared or frightened when certain staff members are around
- Acting more edgy or jumpy than usual
- Not wanting to be left alone with the staff
- Acting more attached or sad than usual when you are leaving
- Slurring speech or showing signs that he or she is heavily medicated or sedated
- Crying for no reason
- Lashing out at staff
While these may just be symptoms of aging, they could also be signs that something may be wrong. You should not ignore these changes and should go with your instincts. At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we take nursing home abuse and neglect very seriously and do everything we can to expose wrongdoing. We will help ensure that your loved one’s best interests are protected and that if he or she has been mistreated that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.