Types and symptoms of nursing home abuse

Nursing home abuse and elder neglect is a serious offense. Senior care facilities owe residents a reasonable standard of care. All residents of a nursing home facility deserve to not be neglected and abused. To ensure quality care, nursing homes and their staff should be capable, competent, caring and well trained.

Not all homes, however, provide their residents with standard care. Some nursing homes do not conduct proper background checks on staff, which may result in hiring unqualified people to perform critical duties.

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms. The National Center on Elder Abuse recognizes seven types of elder abuse:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional/psychological abuse
  • Neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Financial abuse
  • Self neglect

Physical abuse

Nursing home physical abuse can include actions such as, shaking, burning, kicking, pushing and beating with hands or an object. Other forms of elder physical abuse include force feeding and/or using physical or chemical restraints. Signs of physical abuse include: welts, bruising, broken bones, skull fractures, mysterious cuts, sprains, lacerations, open wounds, over or under medication or broken personal items.

Sexual abuse

Elder sexual abuse is a serious offense. Sexual abuse can take many forms and can include sodomy, sexual assault, taking pictures of a resident when they are nude, unwanted touching and intercourse. Signs of sexual abuse may include: bruised genitals, genital infections, bleeding from genitals/anus and sexually transmitted diseases.

Emotional/psychological abuse

Emotional or psychological abuse is often hard to detect as it does not have physical symptoms. Emotional abuse can take many forms such as, social isolation of the resident, verbal abuse and neglect. Signs of psychological abuse may include: unusual behavior mimicking dementia, resident is withdrawn/not responsive and/or the resident is agitated.

Elder neglect

Elder neglect is described as failing or refusing to provide necessities of life to a senior. Signs or neglect include: the elder living in unsanitary or hazardous conditions, dehydration, malnutrition, no care for health problems, untreated bed sores and reports of mistreatment by the senior.

Elder abandonment

Elder abandonment occurs when the person and/or people responsible for the senior fail or refuse to care for them. Signs or elder neglect may include seniors reporting they have been abandoned, nursing home staff ignoring a resident’s needs.

Financial abuse

Financial abuse occurs when the nursing home’s staff steals a senior’s possessions and money, forges signatures on financial and legal documents, forces signatures on documents the senior does not understand, and abuses their power of attorney rights. Signs of financial abuse can include sudden changes to legal documents, large amounts of money being transferred out of a senior’s bank account and frequent and sudden ATM card usage.

Self neglect

Self neglect can occur when a senior carries out behaviors that are a danger to their health or safety, such as refusing to drink the proper amount of water, not eating properly, not dressing adequately and/or having poor hygiene. Signs of self neglect can signal poor nursing home maintenance, low staff numbers, negligent staff members or an unsanitary nursing home.

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