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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- To receive adequate and appropriate healthcare.