Bruises From Nursing Home Abuse?

bruises from nursing home abuse

The Consumer Justice Group works to protect victims of elder abuse.

Types of Bruises And What They Mean


Bruises found on a parent in a nursing home should never be ignored.  Bruises (actually pools of blood beneath the skin caused by broken capillaries) heal slowly in people with poor circulation.  Older people do bruise more easily, but every bruise should be treated like a question mark. Any bruise or cut requires both medical attention and an evaluation to determine its cause.  There are specific forensic markers that help determine if they were bruises from nursing home  abuse .

Where and Why Nursing Home Residents Bruise

Bruises can occur for a number of reasons and locations.  Because bruising is more common in the elderly and can increase with an improper diet, bruises are good indicators of other forms of nursing home neglect and abuse. If your loved has what you suspect are bruises from nursing home abuse, please contact us right away. The Consumer Justice Group has nursing home abuse lawyers in all 50 states. Fill out the contact form to the right of the page, or call 800-887-6852. Our attorneys will give you a free case evaluation, and tell you what your options are.

Bruises on hips and arms from falls can indicate inattention by staff or the use of restraints like bedrails.  Bruising along the wrists can indicate the use of cuffs, being tugged or pulled by staff, or other questionable uses of force and/or physical restraints.  Bruising can also occur when a nursing home resident is struck by a member of the nursing home staff in cases of abuse or when, through neglect, unmonitored residents have the opportunity or are encouraged to attack another.

Why Residents are Quiet about Abuse

Nursing home residents are frequent targets of physical abuse because they are physically weaker than their abuser and because their memory cannot always be trusted.  Simply put, some abusers abuse residents because their dementia won’t let them remember being hurt.  Equally disheartened, some of those abused in nursing homes willfully remain quiet.

The reasons for this are diverse.  Some nursing home residents fear retribution from abusive staff if they “tattle.”  Sometimes victims of abuse would rather pretend the attack didn’t happen because they feel they somehow deserved being treated that way.  Others feel that nothing can be done. This elder abuse must stop.

Nursing Home Resident Abuse

Nursing home residents are victims of physical violence and sexual abuse far more frequently than the nursing home lobby acknowledges.  Insufficient background checks on employees and corporate “profit over patient” mindset contribute to these acts of perverse violence.

Frequently talk with your parent or loved one in the nursing home, and do not be afraid to ask about bruises you notice.  Let them know that, while you cannot always be with them at the nursing home, you are with them in spirit and that you want to hear about what’s happening to them.  Clear communication with the outside world gives nursing home resident hope for better treatment and reminds them that their life still has meaning.  Statistically, frequent contact also drastically reduces the incidents of abuse and neglect a nursing home resident suffers. Looking closely at a bruise might save a life.

Contact us if you suspect a loved one is the victim of elder abuse in a nursing home. Our attorneys handle nursing home abuse cases nationwide. Call 800-887-6852 for a free consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney.