Because injuries and illnesses do happen from time to time, the signs of neglect and abuse may not be obvious. However, there are some major signs to look for, including:
Bedsores and Bruising — Strange markings or sores do not typically appear on the skin without a reason. If there’s no obvious cause for a sore or injury, it could be the result of neglect or abuse.
Dehydration or Malnutrition — Getting essential vitamins and nutrients is part of a caring, nurturing environment. If your loved one is losing weight, always seems to be hungry or thirsty, or looks malnourished, it could be a sign of neglect.