According to the Administration on Aging, which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, elderly abuse is defined as "any knowing, intentional or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm, to a vulnerable adult." elderly abuse can take place in many settings, but it's commonly seen in nursing homes.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is severe and can lead to emotional damage, severe physical injuries, and in some cases, death. There are many types of nursing home abuse, some of the most common include:
- Neglect: This is the only form of negligence that can occur unintentionally. Typically, nursing home staff fail to provide adequate care to meet a resident's needs.
- Sexual Abuse: This is relatively frequent and can be in many forms, such as sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, and other unwanted sexual interactions.
- Physical Abuse: This can be any physical interaction that causes harm to the resident. Examples may include: slapping, hitting, pinching, shoving, biting, and unwarranted restraint. Physical abuse often may require emergency medical care.
- Financial Abuse: Methods of this type of abuse usually include stealing cash or checks, unauthorized use of credit or debit cards, billing residents for unnecessary services or services that weren't received, and pawning or selling valuables.
Who Is More Likely to Experience Nursing Home Abuse?
With many different demographics of elderly people who reside in nursing homes, it is natural for some to be more likely to experience nursing home abuse than others. Residents typically more susceptible to abuse usually include those who are more confused or in a mental state that makes them less unaware than others. These may be patients who have Dementia, Alzheimer's, or even residents who don't have family members or someone that regularly checks on them.
Contact a Lawyer
If you suspect your loved one is being abused in their nursing home facility, you should take action immediately. Contacting a trusted lawyer is the best way to get your loved ones the justice they deserve. Here at Grossman Green PLLC, we have a team of award-winning attorneys who are dedicated to your case's success. With years of experience on our side, we have what it takes to get you the results you need. Let us help you.
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