• Stopping Nursing Home Abuse
  • March 14, 2012 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • People in nursing homes are oftentimes very vulnerable to abuse. The reasons for this vary, but many of them have dementia, physical ailments that render them very weak and other conditions that cause them to be so cognitively or physically impaired that fighting back—or talking to someone—isn't really an option. It's usually up to their loved ones to notice the abuse and to start the process of doing something about it. This requires intervention by the correct authorities and someone who is willing to take that first step.

    Physical and Sexual Abuse

    These are both crimes. These types of abuse need to be reported to the authorities immediately. Some of the reasons that you need to act fast include:

    • There's no chance that the situation will improve if it's not addressed
    • Only telling the administration may make it worse for the victim
    • Criminals need to be stopped before they move on
    • The abuse could turn deadly

    The threat of retaliation against someone because you reported abuse is very real. This is why you need to contact the authorities and just skip the administration. The authorities will notify the administration. The problem with contacting the administration is also the fact that, if your loved one is being abused, there's a good chance that the level of negligence on the part of the administration means that nothing is likely to happen if you report it to them.

    Psychological Abuse

    This is maddeningly hard to spot. Psychological abuse includes:

    • Intimidation
    • Humiliation
    • Threatening
    • Yelling
    • Blackmail

    These types of abuse are very easy to perpetrate against older individuals. Remember, older individuals are adults and admitting that someone is intimidating them can be humiliating in and of itself. Sometimes, it's hard to get people to open up about this, but psychological abuse is oftentimes a precursor to physical abuse. Some types of psychological abuse are criminal and some are not.

    The most important thing you have to do is make sure that the abuse is stopped. The authorities will take care of this and, if it's bad enough at the facility, they may shut the whole thing down. You'll have to work with them to determine how everything is going to unfold.

    When the abuse is over, contact nursing home abuse attorneys. They can help you get compensation for the types of abuse in nursing home environments that too many people endure every year at the hands of negligent facilities.