Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Find out seven different types of nursing home abuse, that even homes that appear to be well-run can allow to happen if they are cutting costs or don’t have good oversight.
There is a wide variety of potential abuse situations that could befall a patient in a nursing home or an assisted living facility. Nursing home abuse might be a one-time incident, or it could be an ongoing situation over months or even years.
Of course, many facilities do a fine job of taking care of the elderly, however not all of them do so. This is such a very important job – entrusting your relative to someone else’s care. It cannot be taken lightly. Often times the pressure of finances takes precedence over the care of patients. In these circumstances, you must be alert to the possible misfortunes that can occur.
To help you understand some of the situations that might develop with such a patient, we have divided the types of potential abuse up into seven areas. There is some overlap as some of these problems belong in more than one category.
Active Abuse: When a member of the nursing home staff or the staff of the assisted living facility actually performs some type of action that is detrimental to the patient. This category includes damaging actions someone else may caused to the patient.
Physical Abuse: This category includes the actual physical harm that occurs to a patient as the result of a purposeful action by another person, including Assault and Battery. (Example: Hitting or intentionally hurting the patient during or between treatment.)
Sexual Abuse: This may be perpetrated by employees of a nursing home or by another patient who has not been properly controlled.
Emotional Abuse: This category includes the mental harm that occurs to a patient as the result of a singular or ongoing action by another person, including from staff or other patients. (Example: Making the patient fear retribution if they report abuse or neglect, or allowing another patient to harass or abuse them.)
Neglect: These are injuries to the patient that are passive, not intentional and may result from the patient’s actions, the actions of someone else, or the inactions from a staff person when some sort of conduct is reasonably expected. (Example: Not providing medication or redressing wounds in a timely manner.)
Medical Neglect: The result of incorrect medical procedures, incorrect prescription dosing or poor care.
Financial Abuse: This is the intentional use of another person’s financial assets without legal authorization. Nursing home residents may not be aware they’re being taken advantage of or not have the mental capacity to approve changes in their financial accounts, deeds and wills.