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Studies show that one in three adults in nursing care facilities will suffer some form of abuse. Your loved one is not a study; they deserve dignity and respectful care. If you believe your parents, spouse, or a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you’ve come to the right place. You aren’t crazy. You are justified in your concern! Your loved one is counting on you to speak up for them and keep them safe. Here’s how we can help you.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse: Five Types of Abuse That Could Hurt Your Loved One.

When we trust the wellbeing of someone we love to a caregiving facility, we assume they will be treated with consideration and reverence. Unfortunately, this trust is broken all the time.

Physical Abuse
When someone sustains an actual injury, or someone attempts to cause them physical harm, they have been the victim of physical abuse.

Physical elder abuse can be something more obvious like

  • Hitting,
  • Kicking, and
  • Shoving.
  • But it can also look like
  • Using too much force when restraining someone,
  • Depriving someone of the physical care they need for their wellbeing, and
  • Withholding someone from the bathroom, or exposing them to harmful situations associated with the bathroom.

Psychological Abuse
When someone is cruel, humiliating, or does something emotionally damaging to someone, it is referred to as psychological abuse. Examples of this can include

  • Belittling,
  • Insulting,
  • Yelling,
  • Shaming, and
  • Doing things that make the patient emotionally distressed outside of what might be expected in care situations.

Financial Exploitation
Many caregivers have access to their patient’s finances. Their wallets, credit cards, checkbooks, and pertinent personal information. When a caregiver compromises someone’s financial status, it is abuse. Stealing directly from their accounts, applying for credit in their patient’s names, or coercing them into making purchases on their behalf are all egregious crimes.

Sexual Abuse
As abhorrent as it seems, sexual abuse is frequently a problem in caregiving facilities. This can be described as any unwanted sexual attention or acts, especially as it relates to those who have dementia or other cognitive issues. Sexual abuse often goes with physical and emotional abuse.

Neglect can often be thought of as things that aren’t done. For example, failing to give someone the care that they need and that is assigned to them. When food or bathing is withheld, or when someone is deprived of their hygiene needs. Things like

  • Bed sores,
  • Malnutrition,
  • Skin infections, and
  • Dehydration.

If Your Loved One Is Being Neglected in Their Care Facility, a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help You Today.

Not tomorrow. Not next week. We know you want to do something NOW. If you believe someone you love is experiencing nursing home abuse, contact us immediately. No judgments. Just solutions from our team of caring lawyers.

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Nursing Home Abuse by the Numbers

Your loved one isn't a statistic. But here are some figures to help you know that the risk is real… if you believe your loved one has been abused but are saying to yourself “it’s not possible” the numbers don’t lie. It is possible. It’s abhorrent but very possible.
  • 1/3 of all nursing homes have been cited for violations of federal standards.
  • 10 percent of those cited received a violation that posed a serious risk with the potential to cause injury or death.
  • 40 percent of residents in nursing homes have previously reported abuse.
  • 90 percent of residents say that they, or someone they know, has experienced neglect.
  • Up to half of nursing home attendees have admitted they have abused or neglected an elderly patient before.
  • It is estimated that the rate of elder abuse is 24x's more than what is reported to law enforcement and social services.
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