Nursing Home Abuse:

Types of Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect can come in many forms. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the situations detailed below, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to protect your rights.

Physical Abuse

Physical elder abuse can be in the form of shoving, slapping, hitting, kicking, or any other action that causes physical harm to the nursing home residents and leaves them in pain or with physical scars and disfigurement. The following are a few signs of nursing home abuse: fractures on the body, open wounds, cuts, scratches, broken bones, bruising, black eyes, bleeding from some internal injuries.

Sexual Abuse

Any kind of sexual activity that is carried out without the consent of the resident and done so to sexually satisfy a member of the nursing home staff constitutes sexual elder abuse. Touching the genitals, fondling breasts, and brushing up against private parts all constitute nursing home sexual abuse or harassment.

Harsh Punishments

Many nursing homes punish residents by putting them in isolation, seclusion or restraining them with ties and bondages. Temporary seclusion away from other residents is sometimes necessary to treat a particular patient. However, this practice is often taken advantage of by nursing home staff and is used to place residents in seclusion because they are causing problems. Any isolation without the consent of the resident or without the permission of their legal representative can be considered nursing home abuse.

Emotional and Mental Abuse

Any act that results in mental elder abuse, anguish, pain, or psychological disturbance can be deemed emotional abuse at nursing homes. These acts can be either verbal or physical. Insulting the residents, threatening them, scaring the residents, intimidating them, depriving them of essentials, etc. can all cause severe emotional stress to the nursing home patients.

Nursing Home Neglect

Among other situations, the following could be considered nursing home neglect:

  • Not providing the residents with clean surroundings to live in
  • Not maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation
  • Dirty rooms and beds
  • Denying a patient proper medication
  • Over-medication
  • Deprivation of food and water

It is up to a judge to decide whether or not what you or a loved one has gone through is considered nursing home abuse or neglect.  If you suspect either one is occurring, however, it is important to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately to protect the nursing home victim's rights.