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Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse forms

The number of people residing in nursing homes is on the rise in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost two million people aged 65 or above are currently residents of more than 16,000 nursing homes operating in the U.S. As the number of residents increase, the number of nursing home abuse and neglect cases are also on the rise. Many nursing home residents fall victim to abuse by care takers and other staff members. The following are some of the different types of nursing home abuse:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse may include the infliction of physical harm on a nursing home resident, such as slapping, punching, kicking, and the use of excessive restraint. It can also include the with holding of prescribed medications, or the administration of prohibited medications.

Some common signs of physical abuse may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Unexplained cuts
  • Marks from ropes
  • Open wounds
  • Internal injuries or bleeding

Emotional Abuse

This is defined as any deliberate causing of anxiety, anguish or fear. Any spoken communication that intentionally causes an elder unreasonable emotional stress can also be considered abuse.

Some common signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Being non-communicative or non-responsive
  • Being unreasonably upset or agitated
  • Display of unusual behavior

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse happens when the assets or the property of an elder are illegally or improperly used. Financial abuse may include forgery of an elder’s signature, taking cash from the elder, signing the elder’s checks, coercing him/her to sign a document, stealing his/her possessions or money, etc.

Some common signs of financial abuse include:

  • Unexpected inclusion of the care giver’s name on the elder’s bank account
  • Unexpected withdrawals of account funds
  • Unexpected credit card charges
  • A lot of unpaid bills

Sexual Abuse

The term ‘sexual abuse’ relates to having non-consensual sex with an elder. Any sexual contact with a person who is not able to provide consent can also be termed as sexual abuse. Unwanted touching, sexual assault, coerced nudity, sodomy, intercourse or taking pictures of the individual when they are nude are some forms of sexual abuse.

Some common signs of sexual abuse include:

  • Unexplained genital infections
  • Bruises on the breasts or genitals
  • Bleeding from the anus or vagina
  • Underwear that is stained, bloody or torn

Victim of Nursing Home Abuse? Contact Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today

If someone you love is suffering from nursing home abuse, do not hesitate to call Rockland Injury Lawyers. Our nursing home abuse lawyers are experienced and will obtain financial compensation for the injuries of your loved one. Call us at 845-709-8005 and 800-940-1799 or email at jeff@rocklandinjurylaw.com / reuven@rocklandinjurylaw.com.

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