Nursing home abuse is a problem that has caused a stigma on nursing homes. There are many types of abuse that take place in a nursing home. Some types of abuse can be difficult to spot. Therefore, loved ones should be vigilant in looking for any signs of abuse.
Physical abuse: Manhandling of the resident while changing clothing or diapers, hitting, or pinching are some examples of physical abuse that may take place in a nursing home. This is the most obvious kind of nursing home abuse because the resident will typically have unexplained bruises, cuts, or bloody clothing.
Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse is a real concern. There have been instances of rape and improper touching while changing clothes or bathing. Signs of sexual abuse may be visible such as bruising. Other signs of abuse may be the resident’s withdrawal from activities.
Verbal abuse: Verbal abuse may include threats and verbally directing the patient to perform demeaning activities. Verbal abuse may manifest signs similar to those of sexual abuse. The victim of verbal abuse may become increasingly withdrawn, or express fear when asked about daily occurrences. Sometimes the resident may exhibit aggressive behavior.
Neglect: Many nursing home residents depend on the nursing home staff to provide medication, decent meals, clean clothing, clean bathing facilities, and clean bedding. If these are not performed properly there may be grounds for neglect. This type of abuse is the most common type of abuse.
Preventing Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can be prevented. It is important for family and friends to frequently visit, ask questions and be aware of daily events taking place at the facility. If you suspect abuse, the patient should be taken out of the situation immediately. Seek medical treatment for any injuries or conditions sustained. Contact an attorney to evaluate and seek justice.
If your loved one has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home, it’s important to get legal representation as soon as possible. At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY, our nursing home abuse attorneys are experienced in handling nursing home abuse cases. We will fight for your rights and help you. Call us at 1-877-504-5562 or email at [email protected].