Elderly people choose to live in a nursing home because they want to receive full attention and treatment, while still spending time with people of their own age. However, they are often neglected and injured in nursing homes due to lack of staff, negligence, and other unsafe circumstances.
Nursing home violence is a serious and ongoing problem, according to reports. Out of fear of judgment, many inhabitants failed to report the abuse.
This blog will assist you in identifying the most common forms of nursing home abuse so that you can report and intervene if you witness it.
- Physical Abuse:
Physical abuse is described as the deliberate use of physical force to cause bodily injury or pain. Since the elderly are weak, even slight physical injuries cause them to suffer greatly. The skin of an elderly person is often more prone to strains, cuts, and burns.
Physical violence against the elderly may include punching, beating, slapping, kicking, force-feeding, and pulling the resident’s hair. Broken bones, fractures, serious wounds, and internal bleeding are all possible outcomes of this form of physical violence.
If you note a difference in an elderly person’s behaviour or suspect they are avoiding explaining their injuries, speak to them politely. If you suspect physical abuse, hire a solicitor for legal help.
- Sexual Abuse:
Any form of non-consensual sexual behaviour is considered sexual abuse. Since they are frail and non-defensive, elderly people in nursing homes are easy targets for sexual predators. Unwanted or unwelcome interaction, rape, adultery, sexual exploitation, blunt sexual photographing, and sexual harassment are all examples of sexual violence.
In many cases, a nursing home patient may be sexually assaulted by a nursing home staff person, another resident, an outsider, or a close relative.
If you are suspicious about it, hire a solicitor to look at the nursing home’s history, and see if any prior incidents have been identified. They assist you in collecting evidence to support your claim against the abuser.
- Emotional Abuse:
Emotional abuse is described as any verbal or nonverbal act that causes another to experience grief or heartbreak.
Elderly people are usually sensitive, and they need extra attention and kind words.
They have the right to be treated fairly and with respect. But even so, elderly people are often victims of emotional violence in nursing homes, where they are supposed to have the most care and attention. Verbal attacks, abuses, threats, bullying, embarrassment, harassment, and isolation are common forms of emotional violence in nursing homes.
If the nursing home staff fails to protect its residents from emotional abuse, they are responsible, and you may be able to make a claim against them.
- Financial Abuse:
Financial Abuse is described as the unlawful, forcible, or inappropriate use of an elderly person’s property or funds. Financial abuse can take many forms, including cashing an elderly person’s checks without approval, copying an elderly person’s signature, misusing or manipulating an elderly person’s assets, pressuring or tricking an elderly person into signing any paper, inappropriate use of guardianship, and more.
Exploitation in any form is unacceptable and must be reported promptly to help save the assets of the elderly.
Negligence is described as the failure of nursing home workers to fulfil their assigned duties and responsibilities to elderly people.
It is also described as the refusal or inability to provide an elderly person with basic needs, such as food, water, apparel, housing, basic grooming, medication, comfort, personal protection, and other essentials that must be provided by nursing staff.
Observing violence or negligence is like witnessing fraud, and no one can tolerate it. If you chose to ignore the violence, it will continue to grow day by day, ultimately affecting millions of elderly people.
To help reduce and eradicate violence in our community, as well as to offer care to the elderly in nursing homes, measures must be taken.
It takes an experienced solicitor to understand and manage nursing home abuse cases, so send us a call and we’ll put you in touch with a no win no fee lawyer in Scotland.