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Blogs from February, 2023

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Nursing home abuse is a serious issue that often goes overlooked. Too many elders are subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse while living in nursing homes.

This can be a very traumatic experience and can have long-term effects on the victims. In this blog post, we will discuss three different types of nursing home abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Read on to learn more.

#1 - Physical Abuse

This type of abuse encompasses any physical act that results in pain, injury, or harm to an elder. Examples of physical abuse include hitting, slapping, pushing, burning, and restraining. If you notice signs of bruising or other injuries on your loved one’s body, it could be a sign that they are being abused physically.

#2 - Emotional Abuse

This type of abuse involves the verbal or psychological mistreatment of an elderly person. Examples include belittling language, threats to harm them financially or emotionally, and manipulation techniques such as gaslighting and intimidation. Elderly people can develop depression or anxiety due to emotional abuse over time.

#3 - Sexual Abuse

The sexual exploitation of an elderly person is a serious form of abuse. This can involve anything from unwanted touching to sexual assault and rape. If you notice your loved one experiencing any signs of distress after spending time with someone in the nursing home, it could be a sign they are being sexually abused.

If you suspect someone you know is being victimized by any type of nursing home abuse, it’s important to report it immediately. Contact law enforcement, your local long-term care ombudsman, or adult protective services to investigate the situation and take appropriate action. Taking action against this type of abuse can help protect elderly people from further harm and exploitation.

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At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we are here to help with your nursing home abuse case. Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions right away.

Reach out to our firm today for a free case evaluation by calling (408) 716-1668 or filling out the online contact form. Choose a skilled team that truly cares about you and your best interests.