As our loved ones age, nursing home facilities need to accommodate more
and more senior citizens who are in need of frequent or constant medical
attention or supervision. Unfortunately, as these numbers rise, not all
facilities are able to keep up with the influx of new residents that require
their care and, as a result, abuse and neglect become commonplace occurrences.
Nursing home abuse can come in many forms and it is important for family
members to be aware of the varying ways in which their loved one can be
mistreated, so they are better able to recognize the signs.
Below are the most common forms of nursing abuse:
Physical abuse: This encompasses far more than acts of violence. Physical abuse can also
include acts of force against an elderly resident, unwarranted use of
antipsychotic medication or other drugs, and unnecessary physical restraint.
Neglect is also considered another form of physical abuse, occurring when
an elderly resident does not receive proper medical care and treatment.
The most obvious signs of physical abuse are bruises, scratches, and other
Emotional abuse: Not all forms of abuse leave a mark. Emotional abuse is subtle, heinous,
and causes an extreme amount of distress and anxiety to the resident,
resulting in emotional pain. This mistreatment is done on purpose and
typically includes threatening language, shouting, ridicule, humiliation,
and periods of isolation. Although emotional abuse is not as evident as
physical abuse, it can impact a resident’s well-being and ultimately
lead to physical illness.
Financial fraud and exploitation: This is among one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse, especially
because elderly residents are often incredibly reliant on their caregivers.
Financial exploitation can happen in a number of ways: credit card or
bank account theft, healthcare fraud, and scams. To help prevent residents
from falling prey to dishonest staff members, caregivers should be closely
monitored to ensure residents are receiving the treatment they paid for.
Sexual abuse: It might seem improbable, but the fact is that sexual abuse occurs in nursing
homes. Elderly residents are sometimes taken advantage of by caregivers
who abuse their position of authority. This type of abuse does not even
necessarily have to be physical. It can also involve the forced viewing
of pornographic material, or forcing an elderly resident to undress without cause.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Orlando
Knowing that your elderly loved one is being abused can be one of the most
distressing and upsetting discoveries you experience. At The Maher Law
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