A recent report shows us some terrifying and sad news: The elderly are being abused at 1 in 3 nursing homes in America. This includes reports of physical, sexual, and verbal abuse among most of the nation’s nursing homes. The statistics show that this comes out to around 30% of all nursing homes, which is an astounding 5,283 facilities. Many of the cited issues in these homes included untreated bedsores, inadequate medical care, and malnutrition of patients, preventable accidents, and lack of hygiene. These abuse violations cause a variety of hazards to residents, many of which have suffered at the hands of the abuse. The violations report, in fact, said that out of 1,601 cases, abuse violations were “serious enough to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.”
If your loved one is in a nursing home facility, you may worry about them constantly and want to ensure that they are being taken care of properly. Abuse at nursing homes is not limited to physical and sexual abuse, either; it takes on a variety of forms from verbal, to psychological or financial abuse. As somebody who visits your loved one and wants the best for them, you should always take heed of the warning signs. Here are the warning signs of the typical types of nursing home abuse:
Physical: Physical injuries could show themselves, from cuts, bruises, burns, abrasions, and more on the surface of your loved one. One of the warning signs is that, when you ask a caregiver what happened, they are unable to give you a solid reason. Most of the time, the explanation of the injury does not line up with how it looks, such as bite marks on an elderly person that are played off as “minor cuts” from an accident.
Psychological: When a caregiver yells, threatens, or embarrasses your loved one constantly, these actions fall under psychological abuse. Many of these types of abuse are behavioral and the elder will start to show signs that it is happening, from rocking or soiling themselves or having a strained relationship between them and the caregiver. You may have even caught a caregiver yelling at your loved one, which is a surefire sign.
Sexual: This is any unwanted contact that takes place between a patient and caregiver. It can include bruising around the private areas, unexplained STDs, or bleeding.
Financial: This is when a caregiver attempts to coerce a patient into making financial decisions even though they wouldn’t want to. This could be prevalent if your loved one’s bills are not being paid, money starts to disappear, or a caregiver starts showing high levels of interest in an elderly person’s money.
Neglect: Neglect occurs in a variety of nursing homes, especially those that are low on staff. There are many signs of neglect, from an elderly individual wearing dirty clothing, having declining hygiene, and soiling their sheets, to having bedsores or being malnourished.
We represent victims of nursing home negligence in PA and can help you with your case. If you have noticed the elements of a nursing abuse case through visiting your loved one, act now to get the best results for them and protect them in their time of need. Call us for more information on how we can help you make your case, at 888-208-1810.