What are the signs of physical abuse?

Posted by John Harris on Sat, Nov 20, 2010 @ 12:05 PM

Q: What are the signs of physical abuse?

A: Physical Abuse is defined as the use of physical force or violence, physical abuse includes hitting, beating, pushing, shaking, slapping, kicking, burning, force-feeding, inappropriate use of drugs, and physical restraints. Signs of physical abuse include: Bruises, black eyes, welts, laceratons, and rope marks Broken bones and fractures Sprains, dislocations, and internal injuries/bleeding Open wounds, cuts, or an untreated injury Broken eyeglasses Lab tests indicating overdose of medication or underutilization of prescribed drugs Sudden change in behavior The caregiver's refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone

Topics: Nursing Home - Abuse & Neglect