Nursing homes are supposed to be a place where our loved can receive safe and reliable treatment. However, residents of these facilities can often be victims of abuse and neglect. In fact, estimates show that as many as one of every three elderly Americans will be abused this year.
The four most commonly reported types of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical Abuse– This can include any type of harmful contact between a caregiver and a patient, such as hitting, punching, kicking, pushing, or dropping a patient.
- Verbal Abuse– Any words used to threaten, intimidate, or scare a patient can be considered verbal abuse. WWBT News reports this type of abuse was recently reported at a facility in Waverly, Virginia.
- Neglect– A result of nursing staff negligence, neglect is most often characterized by pressure-related ulcers—known as bedsores—which develop on a patient’s body due to lack of movement.
- Sexual Abuse– Sexual abuse occurs when there is unwanted sexual contact between a patient and caregiver. This can range from inappropriate touching to non-consensual intercourse.
If you suspect a loved one has been the victim of any type of abuse, the first step to take is to report the incident to nursing home management and the proper authorities. The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm explain it may also be wise to discuss your situation with a qualified attorney. We’re available anytime—day or night—to answer your questions, so call us at (866) 215-8065 to learn more about how we can help your loved one.