When you make the decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home, it is usually because their health is declining, and they need to be in a facility where they can receive around-the-clock care. You may scrutinize the facility to ensure it will provide a safe and supportive environment for your loved one. However, elder abuse does occur in New York nursing homes that may not be immediately apparent. The following are three types of elder abuse to look for if you have a loved one in a nursing home.
If you notice your loved one has bruises, broken bones or other injuries or if your loved one is being restrained, it could be a sign of physical abuse. Caregivers at the nursing home may be causing your loved one to suffer bodily harm. If the injuries are severe enough you may need to place your loved one in a different facility. You may even need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Emotional abuse is also referred to as psychological abuse. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse, as it could lead to depression, anxiety and mental decline. Caregivers at the nursing home may say hurtful words, shout at residents, threaten residents or ignore residents. These are all examples of emotional abuse. Isolating the resident from loved ones is also a form of emotional abuse.
Sometimes caregivers at nursing homes do not properly do their jobs, leading to nursing home neglect. If you notice your loved one has bedsores, is disheveled or unclean, is malnourished or is dehydrated, it could mean they are suffering from neglect. Denying access to medical care is also a form of nursing home neglect.
Other forms of elder abuse
These are only three types to look for that could indicate elder abuse in nursing homes. There are other types of abuse, including abandonment, sexual abuse and financial abuse. Ultimately, if you suspect your loved one is experiencing elder abuse at the hands of their caregivers you will want to explore all your legal options including whether it is appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.