Types of Nursing Home Abuse
When older people can no longer take care of themselves, nursing homes can be wonderful places for them because the homes offer aid, attention, and a community of other elderly people. Sadly, though, not all nursing homes perform and operate as they should. Nursing home abuse is a common problem that can result in mistreatment of your beloved elderly relatives or friends.
Elderly abuse can be hard to spot since a person may not be physically or mentally able to tell you of their anguish. There are several different types of this abuse, which each have their own warning signs. Older people can suffer from physical, mental or emotional, and exploitative abuse.
Physical abuse occurs when nursing home attendants use excessive force or restraints with their charges. Besides physical beatings, this can also include force feeding, unnecessary chemical restraints, and even burning the resident. Because older people’s bodies are brittle, this is usually noticeable with things like broken bones, bruises, and lacerations.
Nursing home residents should be treated with respect. However, if workers verbally abuse or manipulate the residents, this is called mental or emotional abuse. This may happen when employees degrade residents by yelling at or making fun of them, as well as threatening them. Additionally, isolation or the silent treatment can be hurtful as well. Signs of this type of abuse can include fear, withdrawal, confusion, unusual behaviors, and hesitancy.
Lastly, because nursing home residents often have accumulated money or property, some workers take advantage of their weakened state to press them for financial favors. Nursing home attendants can use things like physical or mental abuse to force residents to sell property or give money away. If a nursing home resident suddenly has missing or stolen money or property, he or she may be the victim of financial abuse.
Nursing home workers can prey on weak and innocent residents, resulting in physical, mental, and financial damages. If you or someone you love has suffered from this heartless treatment, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to fight for your rights. For an experienced Oklahoma nursing home abuse attorney, contact the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046.