There are many types of elder abuse in nursing home facilities, spanning the areas of physical, emotional, verbal and even financial. It is important to remember that some types of abuse are not obvious, but could be quite severe. Three common types of nursing home elder abuse are the following:
- Neglect: Not providing care may be considered abuse if it results in harm to the nursing home resident. Neglect may include failure to properly supervise patients or failure provide them with food and medication necessary for their health and wellbeing. If your loved one is being neglected, he or she may seem malnourished, sickly or otherwise unwell.
- False imprisonment: Elder abuse in the form of false imprisonment occurs when an employee of the nursing home does not allow a resident to leave a room. The employee may limit patients’’ mobility by not providing them with their wheelchair or crutches, rendering them confined to their bed. Staff members may also falsely imprison a resident by threatening to take away food or water, or by frightening the individual with a threat of physical violence.
- Financial abuse: In cases of financial elder abuse, a nursing home employee may steal a resident’s financial information or manipulate the resident into providing access to his or her property. This behavior may range from stealing money and credit cards to pressuring a resident to modify a will. If a nursing home residents are making frequent withdrawals from bank accounts, taking out new loans or making sudden changes to their estate plans, they may be victims of financial abuse.
If you believe a loved one has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, meet with a compassionate San Diego attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP.