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Protecting Seniors from Abuse and Neglect

Upwards of 10 million seniors experience elder abuse each year.

The Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) was founded on time-honored principles of restoring dignity for some of our most vulnerable and valuable citizens. Before we can begin to resolve the issue of nursing home abuse, we must understand what it is.

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Nursing Home Abuse Has Consequences

  • If you or your loved one was abused or neglected by a nursing home, senior living or assisted living facility then you should connect with a trusted legal partner.
  • There are too many stories of abuse and neglect, we want to hear your story to see if we can help.
  • You and your loved ones may be entitled to financial compensation, complete our free case evaluation form.

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Understanding Nursing Home Abuse & Nursing Home Neglect

Abuse in Nursing Homes

Nursing home abuse happens against seniors when they are under the protection of a licensed care facility. Unfortunately, in all too many nursing homes and extended care facilities, professional support staff act violently or abusively towards their residents.

This not only results in physical injuries but emotional and psychological symptoms as well. Sexual abuse rates in nursing homes are also shockingly prevalent. Sexual abuse rates in nursing homes are also shockingly prevalent. Financial abuse also occurs in nursing homes where staff members take advantage of vulnerable residents suffering from dementia.

Neglect in Nursing Homes

Nursing home neglect is another pervasive issue in facilities across America that can have deadly consequences. Nursing home neglect often involves care staff willfully ignoring their residents and failing to fulfill their job duties.

This includes not meeting the unique care needs of individual patients and administering the wrong medications. Sadly, there are many cases of nursing home neglect that end up in wrongful deaths.

Resident-On-Resident Abuse

Resident-on-resident abuse is another concerning issue on the rise. It’s the duty of nursing care staff to provide a safe environment free of abuse, even when the perpetrators are other residents.

It’s critical for families to be aware of the risks involved when their loved ones are placed under the care of nursing home staff.

Types of Elder Abuse

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse of the elderly involves the application of physical violence or force against an elder that results in physical impairment, physical pain, injury, or bodily harm to the individual.

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Sexual Abuse

Elder sexual abuse includes any sexual contact with an elder who, because of mental illness or dementia, cannot communicate their disapproval of the behavior against them and cannot communicate consent for the activity.

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Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse against the elderly can happen in an assisted care facility or in a nursing home. Perpetrators can include volunteers, caregivers, family members, or other individuals employed at the nursing facility.

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Financial Abuse

Financial abuse of the elderly can be perpetrated by people they know or people they don’t know. The main perpetrators can be relatives of the elderly person, their spouse, or someone else they hold in their confidence.

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Our Mission and Experience

The Nursing Home Abuse Center (NHAC) was founded on the principles of dignity and respect for some of the most vulnerable citizens, seniors. Seniors have built a society of law, order and protection that we all enjoy today. They fought wars against tyranny, supported equality and built families and businesses that changed our world.

It’s time for us to protect them from abuse perpetrated in the “safest” of places. NHAC is a free online resource designed to inform and encourage improvements to the status quo. Let’s stand together and protect our seniors.

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What​ ​Are​ ​Signs​ of​ ​Nursing​ ​Home​ ​Abuse​ ​or​ ​Neglect?

Abuse in a nursing home is an ugly reality that often goes unnoticed. With so many different types of elder abuse, it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for. Beyond obvious physical symptoms like broken bones, there are many other signs of nursing home abuse that family members need to be aware of. Family members may be able to spot signs of nursing home neglect over time.

Signs can include the resident developing bedsores, emitting unhygienic odors and dwindling overall health levels. Sexual or emotional abuse may be detectable when the elderly person begins to withdraw, stops communicating and becomes fearful of being left alone with certain care staff or other people. Additional signs of abuse and general mistreatment can include the resident having broken eyeglasses, dirty or soiled clothing or being unsuitably dressed for the weather. In some cases, the facility itself may indicate a poor environment.

Check for faulty electrical wiring, improperly functioning utilities or general lack of maintenance. It’s critical to be aware of the signs of elder abuse in a nursing home. Watching for signs can help stop abuse from worsening and can even save lives.

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