Sexual abuse is a horrible form of abuse and should never happen to any population of people. Unfortunately, nursing home residents are at a greater risk for this type of abuse, along with rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities. This type of abuse sadly happens all too often. Warning signs of sexual abuse include the following:
- Blood on towels, undergarments or bedding
- Behavioral changes
- Injuries to genitals, such as bleeding, bruising, scabs (indicating healing wounds), or other injuries
- New genital infections, including STDs
- New onset of depression, anxiety, withdrawal, and other changes in behavior
This type of abuse is common and is quite devastating. Nursing home residents are vulnerable and often frail, leading to an increased risk for injuries. Our experienced lawyer at Silverberg Law Firm LLC understands the prevalence of nursing home abuse, and understands the common types of physical abuse, including the following:
- Throwing objects at victims
- Striking a residents (kicking, hitting, punching, etc.)
- Cutting a resident
- Improper use of physical restraints, including improper placement and inappropriate use
- Tugging, yanking, pinching or grabbing
Financial exploitation is actually one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse that these victims face. Financial exploitation can sometime be difficult to detect, but may include stealing valuable objects from nursing home residents, stealing credit cards, taking money from their wallet, and even trade or sell a resident’s stock. In rare cases, a staff member may change a resident’s Last Will to state that things of value should be given to that staff member.
Financial exploitation may not cause physical harm, but can have severe ramifications for the victim. Residents who experience financial exploitation are at risk of losing assets, including the inability to pay for the nursing home facility if funds are drained.
While this type of abuse happens fairly commonly, it is often difficult to prove. This is because there are no physical signs of abuse or neglect, but the resident is still suffering from abuse. Any type of psychological or emotional abuse needs to be handled by an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ like ours at Silverberg Law Firm LLC. The most common forms of psychological or emotional abuse include the following:
- Talking down to the residents, telling them they are not worthy, or other demoralizing comments
- Acts of deceit
- Lying to residents
- Tricking residents
Victims who experience this type of abuse often become withdrawn and may become very depressed or anxious. Additionally, if severe they may engage in self-harm. Sometimes residents may refuse to see family members or friends, or even talk on the telephone.
Neglect in Nursing Homes
Neglect in nursing homes is quite common. There are two forms of neglect, including intentional neglect or unintentional neglect. Intentional neglect refers to purposeful or intentional neglect. Additionally, if a staff member is aware and knowingly continues to fail to provide proper care, this is also considered to be intentional neglect. Examples of intentional neglect include failing to assist a resident with toileting, failing to change diapers if the resident is incontinent, failing to turn and position to prevent bed sores, failing to administer medication, failing to bathe the resident or assist with bathing activities, failing to change wound dressings, or failing to assist residents with meals if they are unable to eat independently.
Unintentional neglect refers to staff members who accidentally forget about a resident or residents. This is not intentional, and is often due to overworked staff and understaffing. While not intentional, this is still considered to be neglect. Examples of unintentional neglect include leaving a resident in a wheelchair too long, failing to get a resident out of bed, failing to turn and position a resident in bed to prevent pressure ulcers, or leaving a resident in a bathtub too long as well as many other acts of neglect.
Both types of neglect should never happen and greatly affect nursing home individuals. This is why our nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ at Silverberg Law Firm LLC strongly encourages you to contact us today if your loved on experienced any form of abuse.