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Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse

One of the hardest decision we can make is to place our parents, grandparents, friends, or family in a nursing home. We relinquish control and responsibility over our loved ones and trust the nursing home with their well-being and care. However, not all staff are as reliable as they seem. Sometimes nursing homes hire individuals without conducting extensive background checks or do not give their staff adequate training. It is hard to decipher just what goes on a daily basis at the nursing home.

Individuals in nursing homes are highly vulnerable because they have to rely on others for their basic needs. Because of their defenseless state, it is easy for them to be taken advantage of. That is why it is important to know the different forms of nursing home abuse.

Physical Abuse

Improper Bedside Care

Bedsores and infections often occur when the elderly are not properly taken care of. If the patients are not turned over, sores begin to form along their bodies. Because of the stringent products used to clean bed sheets, the fabric can become abrasive. The constant contact of the sheets with the patient’s body can also cause sores that can become infected. It is imperative that caretakers be aware of this issue and properly attend to the patients. Carelessness and neglect often lead to bedsores and infections.

Withholding Appropriate Nutrients and Medication

Another form of abuse to be aware of is when nursing home staff withhold the proper nutrients from their patients. If not given the proper food, hydration, and medication, the elderly weaken even more. It is important to be conscious of how often your loved one is being fed and if they are given the proper medication.

Unnecessary Restraint

Sometimes restraint is needed to properly care for the elderly. They might need to be restrained to keep themselves from falling or walking off. But some malicious staff members, out of fatigue, frustration, or another reason, can use unnecessary restraint to subdue their patients. The restraints can include vests, belts, and tucking in bed sheets and blankets too tightly. All of these, if used inappropriately, can be painful and humiliating.

Emotional Abuse

Psychological Manipulation

The elderly are often susceptible to harsh words, emotional manipulation, and cruelty. Psychological manipulation is less obvious than physical abuse, but is no less damaging. Such abuse happens when there is a deliberate desire to cause anxiety, fear, anguish, and other negative mental state. Some signs to be aware of is if your loved one’s care giver refuses to let them see you, if they have had threats made against them, or if they seem unnaturally upset or depressed.


The elderly need constant care and attention. The purpose of a nursing home is to offer them just that. They often solely rely on others for the completion of daily tasks and comfort. But, maybe because of understaffing or antipathy, nursing home workers can neglect the elderly patients. By neglecting to fulfill the elderly’s inherent needs, the caregivers are failing their responsibilities and causing insurmountable damage.

Financial Exploitation

The patients at nursing homes are at their most vulnerable. Because of their deteriorating physical and mental health, they must rely on others to help them with reading the mail and signing papers. This places them in a position where they can easily get defrauded and financially exploited. That is why it is important to have people your loved ones trust to handle economic decisions.

At Robert Sparks Attorneys, we take nursing home abuse very seriously. Your loved ones should not have to go through that physical or emotional pain. If you believe your loved ones are being mistreated, call our Tampa nursing home abuse lawyers today and schedule your free consultation!