What are the different forms of abuse that takes place in a nursing home?
The different forms of nursing home abuse include:
Physical abuse: This is the infliction of physical harm on a nursing home resident such as slapping, punching, kicking and use of excessive restraint. It can also include the withholding of prescribed medications or the administration of prohibited medications.
Emotional abuse: This is defined as the deliberate causing of anxiety, anguish, fear or other undesirable mental states. Any verbal communication that intentionally causes an elder unreasonable emotional stress can also be considered abuse.
Financial abuse: This happens when the assets or the property of an elder are illegally or improperly used. Financial abuse may include forging an elderly person’s signature, taking cash, signing the elder’s checks, coercing the elder to sign a document and stealing his or her possessions or money, etc.
Sexual abuse: This refers 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, etc. are all forms of sexual abuse.