- Emotional abuse — Emotional abuse can occur through the use of harassment, hurtful insults, intimidation, embarrassment, humiliation or threats of physical harm. When a nursing home is understaffed, the nurses and staff must work harder and are more likely to become stressed. This is when emotional abuse is at its highest.
- Financial abuse — When a trusted caregiver takes advantage of a patient to achieve financial gain, it is defined as financial abuse under the law. This type of elderly abuse can take on many forms such as scamming, forging patient signatures and more.
- Physical abuse — The common forms of physical abuse include hitting, kicking, punching, force-feeding and other forms of abuse such as restraining the patient without reason. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered physical abuse at the hands of a trusted caregiver, do not delay in contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer.
- Sexual abuse — Even though these cases are not typically reported, sexual abuse in nursing homes does occur. This type of sexual crime can be committed by nursing home staff, caregivers or other residents in the same care facility.
Recognizing The Signs Of Abuse Or Neglect
You expect that an elderly family member will be treated with extraordinary care when you pay for him or her to live in a nursing home. Nursing homes have an ethical standard that they promise to uphold, and both state and federal laws protect those in their care.
Nevertheless, a devastating number of elders in the U.S. experience various forms of nursing home abuse every year. This abuse transcends all ethnic backgrounds, genders and levels of social status. Some of the most common signs of abuse include:
- Poor hygiene and dirty clothes
- Weight loss or malnutrition
- Depression or withdrawal from normal activities
- Immobility as a result of being left in bed
- Being isolated from the other residents
- Marks, bruises, burns, broken bones or bedsores
- Flinching or fear when around staff members
- Workers preventing family from visiting with the resident alone
- Being over-medicated or sedated
Learn About Your Rights In A Free Consultation
To arrange a free initial consultation with attorney Steven J. Weinberg about your concerns regarding potential nursing home abuse or neglect in Los Angeles or beyond, call his Palm Desert office at 866-572-0342 or contact him online.