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Vital Information About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse can be a serious problem if it goes unchecked. This article is designed to inform the reader of different forms of nursing home abuse, and explain how to identify the warning signs.

Physical Abuse:

Physical abuse is the most prevalent form of nursing home abuse. One of the reasons for this is because it is not always easy to tell whether or not a resident is being abused. But there are signs which can indicate resident abuse:

  • The presence of injuries which the staff cannot explain; for instance, fractured legs, fractured hips, fractured wrists, dislocations, bruises, abrasions, internal bleeding. These injuries suggest a resident is being physically harmed, ¬†perhaps by hitting, kicking, or yanking.

  • There are also injuries which develop due to neglect, bedsores being one of the most common. Bedsores are also known as decubitus ulcers, or pressure ulcers, and come as a result poor care. If bedsores are evident on a resident, staff members are required by the Code of Federal Regulations to make efforts toward treating the problem.


Another common form of nursing home abuse is the exploitation of a resident’s funds or identity. An employee who takes advantage of a resident’s money or assets is committing a serious form of abuse. Specifically, this abuse can entail the following:

  • Stealing possessions or money

  • Fraudulently cashing a check

  • Obtaining document signatures through coercion

The following are some ways to tell if your loved one is being taken advantage of in this way:

  • Sudden or abrupt changes in his or her will or bank account

  • Mysterious disappearances of money or possessions

  • Bills which go unpaid despite funds being available

  • Presence of forged signatures

Verbal or Emotional Abuse:

Not all abuse can be measured in bodily harm or lost finances. Abuse  to the elderly can also be from verbal or emotional attacks. Some forms of verbal abuse include:

  • Threats of violence

  • Humiliation

  • Harassment

It can be difficult to tell if your loved one is suffering due to verbal threats, insults, or humiliations. Unfortunately, cases of elder abuse often go unreported by the victim, perhaps out of fear or embarrassment. If your loved one seems upset, withdrawn, depressed, or if he or she has taken to rocking back-and-forth, there may be cause to expect some form of verbal abuse.

Elder abuse is a traumatic ordeal for the victims involved. If a loved one has experienced a form of abuse while residing in a nursing home, you should not hesitate to seek legal representation. If you would like to read more about cases of abuse in nursing homes, please see the articles located on the Carpey Law website, such as our article on nursing home understaffing.

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