Nursing home abuse is an all too common occurrence. Unfortunately, it also goes undetected for far too long in residential facilities across the United States. The most at risk-victims include those who are unable to communicate. Individuals who cannot communicate for one reason or another are more vulnerable to attacks, regardless of whether the reason stems from not having enough visitors to a physical impairment that prevents disclosure of the abuse. When your loved one is intentionally being abused, it can have an enormous effect on his or her overall health. If you or your loved one has suffered injuries as a result of neglect from nursing home officials, contact Sanford A. Kassel Law, APLC for a risk-free initial consultation today.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse involves intentional acts of unjustified force committed against residents of the home. Nursing home abuse can be committed by nursing home officials or staff. The most common types of abuse are physical, emotional, and financial abuse.
- Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is the hardest type of abuse to detect as there can be verbal or nonverbal forms of abuse. Emotional abuse may occur when staff or other residents are humiliating and belittling someone, making verbal or nonverbal threats, or simply ignoring the needs of a resident. Your loved one may be exhibiting signs of psychological abuse if he or she has low self-esteem, appears to be withdrawn, or is afraid to speak freely
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse can involve neglect or abuse and it is often difficult to detect the difference. One key sign of physical abuse is the frequency of occurrences. Physical abuse could come from the misuse of restraints, overmedication, broken bones, and bruises.
- Financial Abuse: Financial abuse is also a common occurrence in nursing homes. There have been instances in which nursing home staff and management have taken resident checks, forged resident signatures, and cashed checks for their own use and benefit.