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5 types of nursing home abuse

Nursing home abuse often goes unnoticed for a time, especially with elderly patients who cannot properly relate what is happening to them.

For instance, some have speech issues that make it hard to communicate, while others have memory issues that mean they do not even remember what occurred. In other cases, family members may not believe everything that an elderly person is saying, not knowing if they can trust the account, even if it's accurate.

This means that it is very important for family members to understand the types of abuse that take place. This way, they can know what signs to watch out for and they can take appropriate action when it seems like abuse is occurring.

Here are five different types of abuse:

  1. Exploitation: Staff members use manipulation while trying to get money from residents.
  2. Sexual abuse: Staff members abuse residents or start nonconsensual sexual relationships.
  3. Physical abuse: Staff members restrain, push, strike or otherwise harm residents.
  4. Intentional neglect: Staff members do not offer treatment, do not help with meals or bathing and withhold other services.
  5. Mental abuse: Staff members make residents feel isolated and alone, they verbally assault them or they consistently harass and insult them.

Any type of nursing home abuse is serious. It can lead to significant financial damages, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. Many people even wind up in the hospital, needing emergency medical treatment or passing away too soon due to the abuse.

If you think that this is happening to your loved one, you must know all of the legal options you have as soon as you see the signs.

Source: FindLaw, "What is Nursing Home Abuse?," accessed April 18, 2018

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