Nursing Home Abuse Florida

Nursing home abuse refers to elder abuse that takes place in a residential, long-term care facility. It is also sometimes referred to as institutional elder abuse. Other types of elder abuse are domestic abuse (abuse or neglect committed by a family member, friend, or caretaker) and self- neglect (in which an elderly person fails to care for him or herself).

Different types of nursing home abuse include;

Physical abuse – inflicting bodily harm on a nursing home resident through kicking, hitting, punching, over medicating, withholding prescription drugs, or using physical restraints unnecessarily.

Sexual abuse – forcing an elderly person to engage in any type of sexual behavior against their will. Sexual acts committed with an elderly person who is unable to grant or deny permission because of physical or mental status are also considered abuse.

Emotional abuse – keeping a nursing home resident isolated from family and friends; verbal abuse such as yelling, using demeaning language, making threats, or refusing to speak to an elder.

Financial abuse – using an elder’s money without his or her permission; engaging in financial transactions, making purchases or withdrawals, or signing up for credit cards or services without consent.

Neglect – withholding food, water, medication, hygienic care, etc. In some cases, fear of repercussions may prevent victims of abuse from telling their families that they are being mistreated. Physical or psychological problems may also limit a victim’s ability to seek help. If you believe that a loved one is being abused, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.