Putting a loved one in a nursing home, or assisted living facility, is never an easy decision. It can be heart-wrenching to entrust their well-being to others, even if they are professionals. Because when professional caretakers drop the ball on their responsibilities, that abuse or neglect has the potential to seriously harm your elderly loved one.
Nursing home abuse can include the physical and emotional neglect of an elderly person. While sometimes these violations can happen unintentionally, it’s important to hold an individual accountable for the harm they cause another regardless. When the abuse is intentional, it's even more important to bring those individuals to justice.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
As previously mentioned, the term “abuse” incorporates more than just physical harm that you can see evidence of, which is why it can be so confusing and difficult to navigate a nursing home abuse claim on your own. Not only can it be difficult to define, but it can be equally difficult to prove. See the main forms of abuse, and some examples of them, that have grounds for legal recourse, below.
This includes the failure of a caretaker to tend to the elderly person’s physical needs and safety. For example:
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Disregard for their personal hygiene
- Lack of proper medical care/medicinal management
- Sexual abuse
Emotional or Psychological
This includes any neglect of or the deliberate worsening of the elderly person’s mental, emotional, or psychological state. For example:
- Verbal harassment, humiliation, or intimidation
- Isolation from others, friends, and family
- Disregard for their personal wishes
- Manipulation or coercion for financial gain (i.e. pressuring an elderly person to be included in their will or trust)
If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, it is crucial that you speak up on their behalf and consult with experienced legal counsel. You can stop the abuse by taking action, which can also help to prevent the same harm from happening to others.