Nursing Home Abuse in Topeka
Fighting for the Injured & Their Families
Did you know that as many as 40% of all adults in the United States will live in a nursing home facility at one point in their lives? There are currently millions of elderly individuals residing in nursing homes across the states and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in every 10 elders over the age of 60 is abused. However, The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study suggests this number is likely much higher because only 1 of every 25 incidents of elder abuse is actually reported.
If your parent, aunt, grandfather, or other relative lives in a nursing home and you suspect they have suffered any type of abuse, make sure you act quickly to keep them safe and seek justice.
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Common Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can happen anywhere: at home, at a family member’s house, or in a nursing home. Unfortunately, one of the most common places for abuse to occur is in a nursing home facility where the elder victim is in the care of nurses, doctors, and care managers at the facility. More than half of the nursing home facilities in the country are for-profit businesses, which means income, rather than quality care, is likely their primary goal. Elder abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, and financial in nature, or any combination of the four.
Some of the most common types of elder abuse include:
- Negligent behavior, including the failure to feed, keep clean, or provide with other necessities
- Deprivation, including intentional refusal to provide with food, water, medical care, shelter, or other needs
- Pushing, shoving, hair pulling, pinching, hitting, shaking, or other types of physical abuse
- Yelling, verbal abuse, harassment, or other forms of intimidation
- Engaging in any type of sexual behavior with an elderly adult who does not or cannot consent
- Forced isolation or confinement
- Financial exploitation
Recognizing the Signs of Abuse
There are several different ways in which your loved one may show signs of abuse. As a rule, remember that you know them best and if you notice any peculiar, uncharacteristic behavior, you should act immediately to investigate the issue.
Otherwise, look for a few of these warning signs that may indicate elder abuse:
- Emotional withdrawal
- Mood swings
- Weight loss
- Unexplained bruises, broken bones, or other injuries
- Hair loss
- Lack of necessary medication
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Poor hygiene
- Sudden changes in financial situation
If you suspect someone you love is suffering from any type of nursing home abuse, our firm wants to help. After your loved one is removed from the facility, we can help you investigate the issue, identify the liable party, and take legal action as necessary. Nobody deserves to be taken advantage of or abused, and we want to help you seek justice for your beloved family member.
Contact DiPasquale Moore to get started on your Topeka nursing home abuse case.