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2 hard-to-spot types of nursing home abuse

On Behalf of | Jun 12, 2022 | Nursing Home Neglect |

When people hear the terms “nursing home abuse,” they usually think of physical injuries – bruises, bed sores and neglect of care.

While those are the easiest kinds of abuse to spot, they aren’t the only form of abuse that can occur. Residents of nursing homes count on the staff members to provide them with the care they need to remain safe. 

Sometimes, the staff members don’t take proper of the residents. In some cases, those individuals take advantage of the residents. That might lead to an abusive situation that causes harm to the people who trusted the nursing home even though there’s no physical abuse involved. For example:

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse can take many forms. In some cases, the nursing home staff will belittle the resident to make them feel inferior. It’s also possible that residents will be isolated from others. It may seem as though there’s always a staff member hovering when you visit the resident. 

If you notice that your loved one seems more withdrawn than usual, there might be an issue that needs to be addressed. 

Financial abuse

Some people in nursing homes have bank accounts or assets they can access – and greedy staff members may take advantage of their good natures or generosity. 

Beware of signs of this type of abuse, which include strange withdrawals from the person’s bank account or changes to the person’s estate plan. Another thing to watch for is the resident adding new people to their financial accounts. 

If your loved one has suffered harm as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate legal action to protect their future and stop the abuse from continuing.