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Common Signs of Elder Abuse

Based on the search results, here are some common signs of resident-to-resident abuse in senior living homes:

  1. Physical Signs[1][2]:
    – Unexplained broken bones, dislocations, or sprains
    – Bruising, scars, or welts on the body
    – Rope marks on the wrists indicating restraint
    – Broken eyeglasses
  2. Behavioral and Emotional Signs[1][2]:
    – Unusual behaviors resembling dementia, such as mumbling, thumb-sucking, or rocking
    – Witnessing belittling, controlling, or threatening behavior from one resident towards another
  3. Sexual Abuse Signs[2]:
    – Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases or other genital infections
    – Bruising near the genitals or around the breasts
    – Stained, bloody, or torn undergarments
    – Vaginal or anal bleeding unrelated to a medical condition
  4. Neglect Signs[2][3][4]:
    – Residents being left alone in public locations
    – Unsafe living conditions, such as lack of heat, faulty wiring, or unsanitary environments
    – Residents being unsuitably dressed for the weather
    – Lack of proper hygiene, such as not bathing or changing soiled bedding
    – Unexplained weight loss or dehydration
  5. Financial Exploitation Signs[2]:
    – Unexplained changes in the resident’s financial situation
    – Unusual withdrawals from the resident’s bank accounts
    – Changes in power of attorney, life insurance policies, or wills
    – Missing cash from the resident’s room

It is important for staff, families, and other residents to be vigilant in identifying these signs and reporting any suspected abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of all senior living home residents.[1][4]