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Types of Nursing Home Abuse

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Nursing home abuse isn’t just physical. Sadly, many nursing home residents experience a wide range of abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional, financial, neglect, self-neglect, and abandonment. Get the facts on the different types of nursing home abuse so you know how to protect your loved one.

A Wide Range of Abuse

Below are seven types of abuse identified by the National Center on Elder Abuse. Read up on all seven so you know what to look out for the next time you visit your loved one in their nursing home.

  • Physical abuse: Physical abuse of an elderly person is defined as using some type of physical force that can cause bodily harm, ongoing impairment, or pain. This can include striking, beating, shoving, pushing, biting, slapping, shaking, and more.
  • Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse of an elderly person is defined as having non-consensual sexual contact with them. Any type of sexual contact with someone who is unable to provide consent is a form of sexual abuse.
  • Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse of an elderly person is defined as inflicting anguish or distress through verbal or nonverbal means. This can include insults, verbal assaults, humiliation, threats, intimidation, and more.
  • Financial abuse: Financial abuse of an elderly person is defined as illegally or improperly using the victim’s assets or other property. This can include forging the elderly person’s signature, taking cash from them, coercing them to sign a document they do not understand, and more.
  • Neglect: Neglect of an elderly person is defined as refusing or failing to provide the victim with the care they need to live comfortably. It can involve failing to provide the necessities of life, including food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine, hygiene, and more.
  • Self-neglect: Self-neglect is defined as the behavior of an elderly person that threatens their own safety, and can include the elderly person’s refusal to provide themselves with adequate food and water, clothing, shelter, and more.
  • Abandonment: Abandonment of an elderly person occurs when someone who is responsible for caring for the victim abandons them, either in a nursing home, in a public place, or somewhere else.

Suspect Nursing Home Abuse? We Can Help

If you suspect your loved one has experienced nursing home abuse or neglect, our attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you obtain justice. Nursing home abuse is a heinous crime, and it is one that should not go unanswered. Our attorneys can help ensure you and your elderly loved one receive the compensation you deserve for any pain and suffering the abuse inflicted.

We encourage you to contact us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.


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