Types of Abuse

Abuse-TypesSince there are such a wide variety of potential abuse situations that could befall a patient in a nursing home or an assisted living facility, it is almost beyond comprehension. Nursing home abuse might be a one-time incident, or it could be an ongoing situation over months or even years.

Of course, many facilities do a fine job of taking care of the elderly, however not all of them do so. This is such a very important job–entrusting your relative to someone else’s care. It cannot be taken lightly. Often times the pressure of the almighty dollar takes precedence over the care of patients. In these circumstances, you must be alert to the possible misfortunes that can occur.

To help you understand some of the situations that might develop with such a patient, we have divided the types of potential abuse up into four areas. There is some overlap as some of these problems belong in more than one category.

Active Abuse—Where a member of the nursing home staff or the staff of the assisted living facility actually performs some type of action that is detrimental to the patient. This category will also include damaging actions that the patient himself or herself or someone else may cause to the patient.
Physical Abuse—This category includes the actual physical harm that occurs to a patient as the result of a purposeful action by another person, including Assault and Battery.
Sexual Abuse—This may be perpetrated by employees of a nursing home or by another patient who has not been properly controlled.
Emotional Abuse—This category includes the actual physical or mental harm that occurs to a patient as the result of an action by another person.
Neglect—These are injuries to the patient that are passive, not intentional and may result from the patient’s actions, the actions of someone else, or the inactions from some other person when some sort of conduct is reasonably expected.
Medical Neglect—Under this heading is a list of medical conditions and complications that may or may not be the result of incorrect medical procedures, incorrect prescription dosing or poor care.
Financial Abuse—This is the intentional use of another person’s financial assets without legal authorization. Nursing home residents may not be aware they’re being taken advantage of or have the mental capacity to approve changes in their financial accounts, deeds and wills.

If you experiencing or know of someone experiencing these types of abuse and are residents of New York, New Jersey, Ohio, or Florida, contact us today at 1-888-554-1010 to learn how our legal teams can assist you with your nursing home abuse case!