With over one million senior citizens living in nursing homes and a severe understaffing issue in facilities across the United States, many elders have experienced abuse or neglect at the hands of their caretakers at some point. Get informed on the common injuries received from nursing home abuse so you know how to identify and report this heinous crime.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Many people may think of nursing home abuse as purely physical, but there are many other forms of abuse that elders experience, including but not limited to emotional, sexual, and neglect. Each type of abuse has unique warning signs and injuries that you should know about.
Physical abuse of an elderly person happens when someone causes bodily harm to an elder by hitting, pushing, slapping, and more. Common physical injuries received from physical abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:
Broken bones and bruises
Cuts and lacerations
Emotional abuse of an elderly person involves yelling, threatening, or repeatedly ignoring an elder. Common psychological injuries received from emotional abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:
Depression or confusion
Exhibits signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth
Sexual abuse of an elderly person involves forcing an older adult to be part of unwanted sexual acts. Common physical injuries received from sexual abuse include, but are not limited to, the following:
Bruising or bleeding near the genital area
Neglect of an elderly person involves denying the elder the essential qualities of life, including food, water, clothing, shelter, medicine, and more. Common physical injuries of neglect include, but are not limited to, the following:
Dehydration and malnutrition
Untreated bed sores or other medical conditions
Suspect Nursing Home Abuse? Contact Us Today
If you suspect your elderly relative has experienced abuse or neglect in their nursing home, do not hesitate to contact us today. At DiPasquale Moore, our attorneys will go after your interests without compromise.
Contact us today at (888) 743-1030 to learn how we can assist you.