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Understanding the Many Faces of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Published on Mar 7, 2013 at 8:00 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Kentucky injury attorneys who handle cases of nursing home abuse and neglect know these kinds of maltreatment can take many forms. When you trust a loved one’s care to a nursing home, you trust that they will be taken care of in every way: not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and financially. When this trust relationship is abused or care is neglected in any of these areas, serious injuries can result.

Types of abuse or neglect that can seriously harm elderly nursing home residents include:

  • Physical abuse or neglect. This type of abuse or neglect includes physical assaults, ignoring a patient’s physical or medical needs, or providing inappropriate or substandard medical or physical care.
  • Mental or emotional abuse or neglect. Patients who suffer mental or emotional abuse or neglect in a nursing home may be verbally abused, harassed, or insulted. They may be given the “silent treatment” or otherwise be belittled or neglected as to their mental and emotional needs.
  • Financial abuse or neglect. Missing valuables, mysterious bills or expenses, or other suspicious financial activity related to an elderly person’s accounts may all be evidence of financial abuse or neglect. Although financial abuse or neglect may not harm the elderly person’s body or mind directly, this type of abuse does cause serious harm and must be taken seriously.

Abuse or neglect of any type can be difficult to pin down. Keeping regular notes and communicating with nursing home staff on a regular basis is vital. If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, an attorney may be able to help.