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Nursing Home Abuse Forms

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Nursing Home Abuse Forms

There are more than 16 000 nursing homes operating in the U. S. today. As this number of nursing homes keeps growing so does the number of nursing home residents receiving low levels of care. This article will discuss common nursing home abuse forms.

Nursing Home Abuse Forms: Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is one of the no-so-obvious types of nursing home abuse. However, it is no less harmful. Emotional abuse can be defined as a willful cause of anxiety, anguish, fear or undesirable mental states. This can be achieved normally by the form of verbal communication that intentionally causes a person unreasonable and unnecessary emotional pain. However, emotional abuse is not limited to active efforts; it can easily be achieved through passive behavior. Such behavior may include but is not limited to intentionally ignoring a resident’s verbal requests or other means. Because of the mental pain related with emotional abuse, it is just as serious and as damaging as physical abuse. Further, emotional abuse may lead to the surfacing of physical illnesses.

Some warning signs of emotional abuse may include the following:

  • Where the caregiver refuses for you to be alone with the resident
  • Questionable behavior by the caregiver in your presence, such as threats

Nursing Home Abuse Forms: Financial abuse

Elderly people are often more vulnerable to fraud and exploitation through financial abuse. Especially where residents of nursing homes mostly rely on others for such basic tasks as reading mail or managing bank accounts. Therefore, this kind of reliance makes the older person an easy target for financial abuse. Three basic types of financial abuse include the following:

  • Bank account/credit card account theft
  • Scams
  • Healthcare fraud

Warning signs of a resident’s financial abuse may include:

  • Unexpected changes to wills or powers of attorney
  • Suspicious additions of beneficiaries to life insurance policies
  • Disappearance of personal property or money
  • Unpaid bills

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