Do you have a loved one who could be a victim of nursing home abuse?

It’s a truly horrible thought that nursing home abuse actually take place.  Most of all, as horrible as the thought is, nursing home abuse is very common.  As a result, we need to be aware of the six different areas of abuse.

Types of Abuse:

1. Physical 

  • Hitting, slapping, pushing, physical punishment, or rough treatment.

  • Purposefully allowing a resident to fall.

  • Conducting or allowing inappropriate sexual touching or rape.

  • Physical or chemical restraints limiting the resident’s movement for the convenience of staff or others.

  • Unattended health complications such as bed sores or pain control for injuries.

  • Physical injuries such as scratches, bruises, welts, and skin conditions that would indicate unjustified restraints.

  • Significant weight loss and/or lack of response to weight loss.

  • Allowing fleas, lice, dried fecal matter, continuing urine odors, roaches, ants, or mice to become established on the resident or in their room.   

2. Verbal

  • Yelling, cursing, or threatening.

  • Making suggestive sexual remarks.

  • Cruel, negative teasing.

  • Not responding to attempts by the resident to communicate.

  • Speaking to the patient in a short, negative manner.

  • Belittling or talking down to the resident.

3. Chemical

  • Withholding, borrowing, or refusal to administer drugs prescribed for the resident.

  • Diversion of drugs from the resident’s supply for staff or family member’s use.

  • Use of drugs to limit the movements and behaviors of the resident.

4. Negligence

  • Failing to provide needed assistance in activities of daily living, provide food, or liquids.

  • Failing to carry out the resident’s plan of care in a way that could possibly produce direct or indirect harm.

  • Failing to do what the average person, with the employee’s training and job duties would or should do to care for the resident under the same circumstances.

  • Failing to protect resident from abuse by staff, residents, family members, or others.

  • Failing to respond to the resident’s poor personal hygiene or other quality of life issues.

5. Psychological

  • Public belittling or humiliation.

  • Gossiping about or spreading confidences related by the resident.

  • Isolating the resident against their will or purposefully limiting their contact with others.

  • Suggesting or directly threatening the resident with harm, discharge from the facility, deprivation, or embarrassment.

6. Misappropriation 

  • Theft of a patient’s money or property or asking a patient to loan money.

  • Requiring or implying the need for gifts or money for regular care tasks or special errands for the resident.

  • Using a resident’s property as your own such as their telephone or television.

  • Encouraging or allowing others to use the resident’s property without their consent such as borrowing clothing for use by another resident.

  • Appropriating or exploiting the resident’s property or funds by abusing legal processes.

If you have a loved who has been abused in a nursing home, please contact the Soud Law Firm so we can fight for you.

Additional Info 

Nursing Home Residents have a Bill of Rights guarantee to them to ensure their dignity. When in residence at a home, each of the elder adults and special care individuals are entitled to:

  • Reasonable access to health and legal services

  • To be transferred or discharged only for medical reasons

  • To be free from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, seclusion and physical and chemical restraints

  • To be treated courteously, fairly and with fullest measure of dignity

  • Privacy

  • To receive adequate and appropriate healthcare.