Making the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home can be one of the most difficult things a person has to do, but it is necessary when they require care we can no longer provide. We know that you take the steps necessary to ensure you place them in a wonderful environment.
But what happens if you discover that your loved one has been abused at the nursing home?
At The Weitz Firm, we believe that there is nothing worse than the abuse of the elderly in our society. If you need a Norristown nursing home abuse attorney, we are here for you.
Elder abuse is far too common in the US, but it is also underreported. That means that it has also not been studied extensively.
The National Council on Aging defines elder abuse as “physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.”
We want to go over some of the types of abuse that the elderly can experience in a nursing home. Disclaimer: some of this is hard to read.
This can be both intentional and unintentional and includes any forceful contact by a nursing home staff member towards a resident in their care. It comes in many forms, including hitting, slapping, choking, scratching, burning, etc.
This is a form of physical abuse and includes any unwanted sexual contact between a resident and staff, including touching, intercourse, fondling, or other unwanted sexual contacts. Often, the resident does not even know this is happening to them.
This includes verbal assaults, threats of abuse, intimidation, and harassment.
This includes nursing home staff ignoring the basic needs of their residents: not feeding, not washing, not tending to wounds, or failing to give them their medications.
This can include nursing home staff using a resident’s information to steal their identity or access their bank accounts. This can also include nursing home administration billing a patient’s insurance for materials or procedures that are never given or performed.
There are some studies that suggest that one in 10 elders report emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. As the US population sees its average age trend upward, there will inevitably be more and more people going into nursing homes at some point in their lives.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused in their nursing home, contact law enforcement and get your loved one to safety immediately. Then seek legal assistance. Elder abuse is wrong and should not be tolerated. At The Weitz Firm, we want to help you seek accountability from those responsible.
We know that no amount of money can erase the abuse, but we want to help get compensation to cover the following: