Nursing Home Abuse vs. Neglect

an elderly man with a caneNursing home abuse and neglect are common crimes that far too many elders experience. Below, our Pittsburgh personal injury attorneys discuss the differences between the two.

What’s the Difference Between Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Nursing home abuse involves the intentional mistreatment of an elderly resident. It can take the following forms:

  • Physical abuse

  • Emotional abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Financial abuse

Each form of abuse has different warning signs for which to be on the lookout, including the following:

  • Physical abuse: unexplained broken bones, bruises, or lacerations

  • Emotional abuse: withdrawal, depression, regressive behaviors

  • Sexual abuse: unexplained STDs, ripped or torn underwear

  • Financial abuse: unexplained ATM withdrawals, unusual subscription sign-ups, sudden changes to financial documents or wills

While nursing home abuse is intentional, nursing home neglect may be more unintentional. Neglect may stem from understaffing issues, where each staff member has too many residents to care for and, as a result, not every resident receives the care they need.

Neglect is not, however, always unintentional. Nursing home staff members may intentionally ignore residents or withhold the essential qualities of life from them, including food, water, medicine, clothing, and more.

Elders across the country experience various forms of abuse and neglect in their nursing homes. In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 1 in 10 seniors have experience abuse while staying at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or somewhere similar.

If you suspect your relative is experiencing abuse or neglect in their nursing home, bring it to the attention of the facility’s staff. If they dismiss your concerns, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

At Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C., we can help you and your loved ones seek justice in the wake of nursing home abuse and neglect. Contact us today at (844) 383-0565 to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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