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Physical Abuse is the Top-Reported Complaint Among Nursing Home Residents

Do you suspect a loved one may be suffering from physical abuse by the staff at their nursing home?

So far in this series on elder abuse, we’ve discussed warning signs that are indications of nursing home negligence. But other warning signs involve actual abuse at the hands of the staff in a nursing home. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, physical abuse in nursing homes is the top-reported complaint of elder abuse, at 27.4%. Shockingly, over 50% of nursing home staff have confidentially admitted to abusing residents in their care.

Physical abuse can be described as the infliction of physical pain or injury on an elderly resident. It may present as welts, wounds, dental problems, burns, head injuries, broken bones, or persistent physical pain and soreness unrelated to a pre-existing medical condition. Nursing home staff may slap, punch, burn, squeeze/hold too tightly, or use restraints improperly. Individuals who are victims of this type of abuse have a 300% higher risk of death in comparison to those who have not been abused.

Physical abuse is often accompanied by verbal and emotional abuse. This kind of distress to individuals can cause changes in personality and behavior, so it’s important to monitor your loved one and also look out for concerning behaviors of the nursing home staff. Certain nursing home environments may foster physical abuse of residents, some more than others. Those with lack of funding, understaffing issues, and ineffective policies and processes produce a greater risk of resident abuse.

As with all cases of abuse and neglect, the nursing home record must be thoroughly reviewed by experienced legal professionals. The RGLZ attorneys have advocated tirelessly for numerous New York families, helping to right the many wrongs inflicted upon their loved ones in nursing home and assisted living facilities.

If you suspect a loved one may be suffering from physical abuse at the hands of the staff at their nursing home facility, you should file a complaint about their sub-standard care in New York State by clicking here, and then contact us for a FREE evaluation of your case.

Check our website regularly as we continue to review the individual warning signs of elder abuse over the next few weeks.