Elder abuse in any form is inexcusable. Older adults are some of the most vulnerable people in the population, and they deserve to live out their final years with dignity and respect.
Unfortunately, some nursing homes do not meet the proper standard of care, and sometimes abuse occurs. The following are five types of nursing home abuse:
#1 - Physical
Physical abuse occurs when an elder endures a physical injury as a result of inappropriate behavior from a nursing home staff member. Examples of physical abuse include but are not limited to:
- Otherwise handling an elder in a rough manner, causing physical harm
#2 - Psychological
A nursing home resident endures psychological abuse when a member of the staff mentally or emotionally mistreats them. Some examples of psychological abuse include but are not limited to:
- Keeping the elder in isolation
#3 - Neglect
Neglect is a serious problem in nursing homes and occurs when a resident is left without critical care for an extended period of time, resulting in injuries. The following list provides examples of neglect, but there are many more ways it can occur. Neglect can happen when nursing home staff members fail to:
- Turn a bedridden patient (which can result in bedsores)
- Respond to a resident’s calls
- Take a patient to the restroom (allowing them to soil themselves)
- Provide adequate hydration and nutrition
#4 - Sexual
Sexual abuse in nursing homes is among the most damaging and occurs when a resident is touched inappropriately or comments are made about them that are sexual in nature, causing the elder to experience severe discomfort. When a staff member forces unwanted sexual activity upon a nursing home resident, sexual abuse has occurred.
#5 - Financial
Elders can experience financial abuse when nursing home staff and others who frequent the facility take advantage of a vulnerable resident’s finances. Most of the time, those who financially abuse elders prey upon residents with cognitive difficulties, such as dementia. This allows them to easily trick the resident into providing financial information that they would not otherwise divulge.
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If you or your loved one has endured nursing home abuse, don’t allow it to continue. We will do everything we can to serve justice on your behalf.