When many people hear the phrase “nursing home abuse,” they think of residents being physically struck by staff members. While that’s a real breach of trust, ethics, and the law in some nursing homes, it represents only a small percentage of actual nursing home abuse cases.
Often, residents are abused in more subtle ways, or in ways that aren’t immediately obvious to other staff members and family. Common examples of abuse include:
- Verbal abuse—Nursing home residents can be considered victims of abuse when they’re harmed emotionally and psychologically. This can occur via intimidation, threats, insults, humiliation, and more. Caregivers never have to actually touch residents to cause them significant harm.
- Health abuse—Many nursing home residents are highly dependent on medications and frequent visits from their doctors to stay in good health. When they don’t get their medications, or when their symptoms aren’t reported in a timely fashion, they can go downhill quickly. That’s an unfortunate reality for some victims of abuse.
- Neglectful abuse—Some residents are abused via neglect. They may be left in their homes alone and without company or assistance for days at a time, or they may be excluded from activities and events. In severe cases, residents may even be denied food and water, putting their lives at risk.
If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it’s important to keep a close eye on their physical, emotional, and psychological health when you visit, as abuse and neglect can be subtle and difficult to detect. And if you suspect abuse is occurring, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.