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What exactly is nursing home neglect?

Nursing Home Neglect

The nursing home neglect is the caregiver’s omission to provide the supervision, care and other services necessary to keep the physical and mental health of the vulnerable adult. This includes medical services, clothing, food, shelter and overall supervision.

Types of nursing home abuse include:

Physical Abuse

When physical force is used to cause harm against an elder, physical abuse occurs. Hitting, scratching, shoving and inappropriate use of restraints are good examples of physical abuse, and it typically has the most obvious warning signs.

Emotional Abuse

This occurs when a caregiver or other individual causes emotional distress within a victim, which can result from intimidation, terrorizing, ridicule and humiliation, or ignoring an elder. Also, scapegoating, demeaning behavior and blaming are also considered emotional elder abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual elder abuse takes place when non-consensual sexual contact is made with an elder. In many cases, physical and emotional abuse may also play a role. Elders who are sexually abused may be tricked, manipulated, or forced into sexual contact.

Financial Abuse

Forms of financial abuse include stealing money or personal property. Financial abuse can occur when a caregiver or other individual tricks and/or pressures an elder to divulge valuable information, such as bank account and credit card numbers. Financial abuse also occurs when a victim is coerced to modify a deed, will, or trust.

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