Unfortunately elder abuse occurs at nursing homes across the United States. Seniors are victims of negligent nursing homes and staff members. Nursing home abuse leaves victims physically, mentally and even financially unstable. Learn more about elder abuse causes.
Physical abuse is the use of force intentionally to hurt a victim. This type of abuse results into a multitude of different injuries ranging from physical scarring to misuse of drugs and confinement. Elders skin is generally more susceptible to scars, bruising and infection.
Degrading elder patients in nursing homes can result into a variety of complications. Verbal threats at patients in order to manipulate them is one of the most common forms of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse results in mood swings, anxiety, depression, confusion and a variety of other behaviors. Emotional abuse takes many forms from verbal comments to neglect. Elder victims become quiet during this period of abuse because they fear speaking out may result in more harm. Learn more about psychological abuse in nursing homes here.
Sexual abuse occurs when a patient has been forced into unwanted sexual activity. This can occur when the victim is sleeping, ill, or too weak to verbally give consent. Nursing home residents are most likely to be sexually abused by staff members, other residents, visitors or even a family member.
Reporting Elder Abuse
If you or a love one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation. Speak with us, and let us help guide you through this difficult process.