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6 Types of Nursing Home Abuse You Should Know About

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According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), 44% of nursing home residents have been abused or mistreated, with some even leading to unexpected deaths! Many victims witness or have suffered neglect, but many fail to report. The big problem is that most people don’t even know what constitutes elderly abuse. Well, it is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, thus causing harm and distress to an older person. Let us delve deeper into the forms of abuse that you should know.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is the nonconsensual sexual action toward an elder. Sexual abuse is not limited to the action. It also includes all types of unwanted or unpleasant touch and sexual assault like rape, sodomy, and coerced nudity. Some of the ways to spot sexual abuse in elder care are to look out for complaints of bruises in the genitals, bleeding, unexplained STDs, etc.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the most common type of abuse in nursing homes. It is the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Forms of physical abuse include bruises, welts, and cuts, broken arms, or burns.

Neglect

According to experts, neglect is the main form of abuse in assisted living. It is one of the main causes of unexpected death cases among the elderly in nursing homes. Have you ever heard of the nursing home wrongful death case? It is a lawsuit filed when a nursing home resident dies due to the negligence of employees or administrators. Negligence is the refusal to provide a dependent senior with the necessities that foster his/her wellbeing. Think of what will happen to your old loved one when he or she is not given medical attention, denied adequate food and water, left in an unsafe and dirty living condition, or is not cleaned and left with wounds, etc. These are some examples that constitute negligence that can lead to fatalities.

Emotional Abuse

It is safe to say that emotional abuse is the most challenging form of abuse to identify, especially among individuals who cannot express themselves. According to NCEA, the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts is considered emotional abuse. This includes insults, verbal abuse, insults, threats, and harassment. Verbal forms of emotional elder abuse include humiliating the elder, habitual blaming, and intimidating the elder through threats and yelling. On the other hand, non-verbal emotional abuse involves the caregiver ignoring the senior or isolating him/her from friends and relatives.

Tip:

  • Elders who suffer this abuse will withdraw from people, constantly try to avoid eye contact, and might try to engage in self-injury behaviors.

Financial Abuse

Illegal or improper use of an elder’s assets or property is termed as financial abuse. You can recognize financial abuse when you realize illegal or improper use of funds or other resources from your loved one. For instance, you might witness your loved one suddenly dishing out excessive gifts to the caregiver, or requests you to make implausible bank withdrawals without an explanation. This could mean they are blackmailed or coerced to do so by the caregiver.

Healthcare Fraud & Abuse

This type of abuse is often perpetrated in the nursing facility by doctors and professional caregivers. It involves overmedicating or under medicating the senior, overcharging or double-billing the senior, charging medical care but not providing it, etc. It can also entail recommending fraudulent remedies for illness or other medical conditions.

Wrap Up

If your loved one presents any of the signs and symptoms we have covered, then consider reporting the abuse to the relevant authorities. You should also talk to an assisted living attorney to help you fight for the rights of your loved one. An attorney will also help seek a wrongful death compensation if you lost your loved one to unexpected fatal accidents in any assisted living facility.

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