Nursing homes are supposed to be facilities where the elderly can find comfort and security in a caring environment.
And while that is true for many of these facilities, there are still hundreds of nursing home abuse cases that call into question just what is happening throughout the U.S.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) found that in 2014, 7.6 percent of the 188,000 cases that were reported to the National Ombudsman Reporting System were related to neglect, abuse or exploitation.
And another study found that 30 percent of all nursing homes received citations for some type of abuse, including inadequate medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, preventable accidents, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.
That study also found that many of the violations either directly harmed nursing home residents, or put them in danger of serious injury or death.
Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse
It’s important to remember that abuse is not always physical, but can also involve psychological and emotional torment.
So the question is: What are the common types of nursing home abuse in the U.S.?
Nursing home abuse cases often include:
- Physical Abuse – slapping, punching, shoving and grabbing a nursing home resident is all defined as physical abuse. In some instances, physical abuse will produce evidence such as bruises, cuts, welts, lacerations, fractures and wounds.
- Neglect – neglect in this context is defined as ignoring or failing to provide some type of service. For example, caregivers who fail to bathe a patient, move a patient from a bed, or give a patient medication are all guilty of neglect.
- Psychological Abuse – insulting a nursing home resident, threatening a nursing home resident, and belittling a nursing home resident are all examples of psychological abuse. Caregivers who take advantage of their position of authority to destroy the self-esteem and confidence of a nursing home resident can inflict more long-term damage than if they were physically abusive.
- Financial Exploitation – this is a lesser-known type of abuse, which occurs when caregivers use a resident’s cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer’s) to cheat them out of money, or to steal money, knowing that the resident is unable to understand what is happening. Financial abuse also includes a caregiver cashing a resident’s check without permission, and a caregiver forging a resident’s signature on a check.
Why You Need a Powerful Advocate
Nursing home abuse is a violation of the trust that you place in a facility that is supposed to take care of the person you love. And once that trust is breached through violence, psychological abuse or neglect, it is imperative that those responsible are held accountable. But in many instances, nursing home facilities have powerful legal firms to protect them, which is why you need the aggressive and dedicated team of the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC working on your behalf. Please call us today at 202-331-0793 and take advantage of our free legal consultation.