Nursing Home Abuse: Physical Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500 000 older adults over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year. This is sad as it is said that a number of such cases are not reported every year.
The CDC identifies six types of maltreatment that rises to abuse and neglect against common in nursing homes. Such maltreatment includes the following:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
For this article we will discuss physical abuse, what it means and includes.
The physical abuse of elderly persons is defined as, “the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or cruel punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish or deprivation by a person, including a caregiver, of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.” Despite the fact that physical abuse includes slapping, pushing, hitting, etc. it also includes the improper use of physical or medical restraints. Such examples also fall into the category of physical abuse. In recent years a common form of abuse that is becoming openly seen in nursing homes is sexual abuse. Further, sexual abuse may take on the form of rape or be as subtle as requiring a resident to take of their clothes with no real reason for doing so.
Nursing home abuse is an outrageous act as this is where people put trust in the facility to care for vulnerable adults. Moreover, if you are a victim or you suspect that someone you know is a victim of elder or nursing home abuse or neglect, you should immediately call the police. It is important to know that you do not need proof to call the police. Most noteworthy, is that the mere suspicion of abuse is enough. For a claim for nursing home abuse contact the Vinson Law Office, for a case evaluation, legal advice and representation.