Maryland has made great strides to ensure nursing homes in the state are safer for residents. The state’s General Assembly passed two bills last year to outline future efforts for how this would take place.

Even with new legislation, the loved ones of nursing home residents need to be cognizant of the signs of abuse. You should not hesitate to get in touch with the proper authorities if you believe abuse has occurred to a senior citizen inside a nursing home.

Unexplained bruising and injuries

Elderly citizens typically do not engage in intense physical activities that would result in bruising. Therefore, if you notice bruises on a loved one’s body, then you need to take notice. You also need to pay attention if your loved one has any fractures, broken bones or unexplained scratches.

Poor hygiene

The employees at the nursing home should care for your loved one. This includes bathing the resident regularly. When the employees are neglectful, they may forego some of their duties, and failure to bathe is common. Additionally, the employees may not wash the resident’s bedding or clothing. When you visit, you should take note of the sanitation of your loved one’s bedroom.

Sudden mood changes

Victims of abuse often suffer from a change in mental state. They may withdraw more. An elderly person who was ordinarily the life of the party may become quiet and reserved. You may also notice the signs of depression, anxiety and anger. Do not be afraid to ask your loved ones if they are all right when something seems off.