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Nursing home abuse is a very serious issue. We take great pain staking time and consideration before we finally decide it is time for our loved one to go to a nursing home. Then we visit them as often as we possibly can with our busy schedules with work, home, family, children and such needed rest. When we are able to visit, and spend time with them they seem a little withdrawn from the companionship. This can be very concerning and is the proper time to begin investigating as to the care and treatment level your loved one is receiving. If your loved one is incontinent, bed ridden or has very limited mobility you may consider participating in the process of helping them get cleaned up and changed during your visits. This will give you an opportunity to visually observe any bed sores, bruises or other injury due to a lack of care or heaven forbid any physical abuse which may be being inflicted during their stay. If you take a more pro active approach to your loved ones care and treatment from the very beginning you will not raise any suspicion and you will be able to rest assured that your loved one is receiving the best care possible. If you do find bed sores which are not being treated, bruising or other marks that cannot be explained you will want to take note of estimated time of discovery, shape, size, description and if possible a photo. Talk to your loved one, if they appear to be concerned, nervous or hesitate to state how they received these marks you may want to contact a nursing home neglect attorney to find out more about what can be done to stop this kind of treatment not only for your family member, but also for others in this facility.