5 Common Forms of Nursing Home AbusePlacing a loved one in a Georgia nursing home is most often a well thought out, well researched decision. Many families understandably struggle to provide the time-consuming care that their older relatives need and arrange for their loved ones to live in a nursing home where their medical and personal needs can be met.
When those needs are not met – when nursing home residents are hurt instead of cared for – the results can be tragic. Thus, it is important for the relatives of nursing home residents to be aware of the common forms of Georgia nursing home abuse and to take prompt action if they see signs of nursing home abuse.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
These are five most common types of nursing home abuse:
- Physical Abuse. Physical abuse may include any type of physical violence, chemical restraint, or physical restraint.
- Sexual Abuse. Unfortunately, there are sexual predators who take advantage of the fragility of nursing home patients and may sexually abuse or rape them.
- Emotional Abuse. Nursing home residents may be emotionally abused and suffer extreme emotional distress from the actions of the very people who are supposed to be caring for them.
- Financial Abuse. Nursing home staff may try to take financial advantage of nursing home residents and persuade them to transfer money or change their wills to benefit nursing home staff members rather than relatives.
- Nursing Home Neglect. Nursing home neglect is an unfortunately common and significant form of nursing home abuse. Learn more about this potential harm in our free report Nursing Home Negligence.
What to Do if Your Loved One Has Been Abused in a Georgia Nursing Home
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse in Georgia, you should take the necessary steps to investigate and stop the abuse. If your loved one has been hurt in any of the ways described above, he or she may be entitled to damages. Please contact an Atlanta nursing home abuse attorney at 770.518.1133 or via our online contact form for more information.