Nursing Home Abuse
Florida has the highest percentage of residents that are 65 and older. Therefore, this topic must be taken very seriously. Any that is why we have been taking these matters seriously for over 60 years, at Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes (formerly Perenich and Carroll).
Nursing home abuse is a major problem because elderly people cannot defend themselves like a younger person for a number of reasons:
1) Elderly feel that they do not have a choice but to remain in their current living quarters
2) Reporting and recording is difficult for those with mental problems. Some elderly people suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, loss of metal capacity. This make it difficult for them to feel confident they are doing the right thing, and they they are sure they are really being mistreated.
3) Fear of more emotional abuse. Elderly are afraid that by reporting the abuse they will be subjected to even more abuse.
Types of Nursing home abuse.
When we hear “nursing home abuse” some think physical abuse, but that is really the tip of the iceberg, and it is usually accompanies by Psychological/Emotional Abuse: one way this is done is by humiliating a person. This can also take the form of coercion or blackmail. Financial abuse is another type of abuse also known as financial exploitation. this could be an illegal or unauthorized use of a person’s property, money, pension book or other valuables (including changing the person’s will to name the abuser as heir). This sort of abuse is usually comes by way of deception, misrepresentation, undue influence, coercion, or theft. This can also mean that one has fraudulently obtained or used of a power of attorney. Another type of is Sexual abuse. The means that a person forcing a the elderly person to take part in any sexual activity without his or her consent or against their will. This also includes forcing the person to participate in conversations of a sexual nature against their will; may also include situations where person is no longer able to give consent due to dementia, or loss of metal capacity. The final form of abuse is Neglect, this happens when a nursing home deprives a resident of food, heat, clothing, comfort or essential medication. Neglect can be intentionally or happen out of lack of knowledge or resources, where the nursing home is negligent.
Abuse can cause very serious injuries, and trauma. The most common types of injuries one can sustain are listed below:
- Declining functional abilities
- Increased dependency
- Increased sense of helplessness
- Increased stress
- Worsening psychological decline
- Premature mortality and morbidity
- Depression and dementia
Nursing home abuse lawyer Mark Perenich.