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Less Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse Cases You May Not Be Aware Of

Nursing home abuse can take many forms, and often victims are unaware of what is happening to them. Sadly, older adults are some of the most vulnerable people in the population.

In some cases of nursing home abuse, the violation is blatant and easy to spot, while in others, it may be more subtle. Here we will discuss some of the less common types of nursing home abuse cases that you may be unaware of. Read on to learn more.

Less Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse

There are several types of nursing home abuse cases that you may not have heard of. Some of the less common types of abuse that elders can endure in nursing facilities include:

Emotional Abuse

This type of abuse can involve yelling, threatening, or otherwise emotionally harming a resident. It can be difficult to identify because there may be no physical evidence, but residents may exhibit changes in behavior, such as becoming more withdrawn or agitated.

If you suspect your loved one is experiencing emotional abuse in a nursing home, it is important to directly ask them questions often about how they are being treated and if they are relatively comfortable with the staff. Pay attention to the subtle details in their answers because some elders may choose to hold back how they truly feel to avoid making waves.

Financial Abuse

This type of abuse occurs when someone illegally or improperly uses a resident's money or property. It can be difficult to spot because it often happens gradually, and the victim may not realize what is happening until it is too late. Signs of financial abuse include:

  • Unexpected changes in bank accounts or credit cards
  • Sudden debt
  • Unexplained withdrawals from accounts

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, it is not a good idea to allow the staff access to your family member’s financial information. Even having credit cards in the facility can be a dangerous practice and may expose a resident to the risk of financial abuse.

Sexual Abuse

This type of abuse involves any form of sexual contact with a resident without their consent. It can be difficult to detect because victims may be afraid to speak up or may not even realize that what happened was wrong. Some of the signs of sexual abuse can include:

  • Bruises in the genital area
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Sexual abuse is a severe violation of your loved one’s intimacy, privacy, and personal space. As such, these types of cases are taken very seriously.

Neglect

This type of abuse occurs when a nursing home staff member fails to provide adequate care or meet the basic needs of a resident. While neglect may not seem as dangerous as some of the other types of abuse that elders may endure, it certainly can be. Some of the impacts of neglect can include:

  • Lack of meeting basic needs
  • Malnutrition
  • Bed sores
  • Atrophy
  • Untreated medical ailments

We Can Help Elders In Nursing Homes Who Have Endured Abuse

If you believe your loved one is being abused in any way during their nursing home stay, it is important to reach out to a skilled attorney from our team here at Lanzone Morgan to discuss your options.

Having skilled legal representation can make all the difference in the outcome of your case, which can have a direct impact on your family’s quality of life. Don’t delay—reach out to our skilled team right away for more information.

Contact the skilled team at Lanzone Morgan today to discuss the details of your case. Call (562) 512-5505 or fill out the online contact form to get in touch with an attorney now.

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