In nursing homes, abuse and neglect can take many forms and happen for many different reasons. The five most common forms of nursing home neglect and abuse are:
- Physical Abuse – Nearly a third of all abuse claims against nursing homes involve some form of physical abuse. This includes hitting, punching, pushing, and even provoking attacks by other residents. Use of inappropriate restraints is also a form of physical abuse.
- Psychological Abuse – Common forms of psychological abuse in nursing homes include scolding, criticizing, intimidating, scaring, and embarrassing residents. Nursing home residents can also suffer psychological damage due to isolation and abandonment.
- Neglect – Nursing home residents who experience neglect may suffer from inadequate access to food and restrooms, improper administration of medications, clogged breathing tubes, bedsores, fall-related injuries, and other dangerous situations and conditions.
- Sexual Abuse – Both male and female nursing home residents can fall victim to sexual abuse. Some staffers will prey on residents and take advantage of them in their vulnerable states.
- Financial Exploitation – From outright theft to coercion to sign checks or estate planning documents, various forms of financial exploitation are common in nursing homes as well.
With roughly 30 percent of elderly Americans requiring long-term care, by 2050, the number of people living in nursing homes is expected to double. With problems such as understaffing already playing a significant role in nursing home residents receiving inadequate care, the risks of serious illnesses and injuries may continue to increase as nursing home populations expand. This means that you are not alone if you suspect negligence or abuse. To protect yourself, your family, and your future, you should take action to hold your nursing home accountable for its misdeeds.