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Types of Abuse or Neglect

Nursing home abuse and/or neglect can involve not only the physical well-being of the resident, but also the mental, and/or psychological well-being of the resident as well.

Nursing home abuse and/or neglect can take many forms, all of which are too numerous to list.  The following, however, represent common examples of  nursing home abuse and/or neglect:

  • failure to provide proper nutrition and hydration
  • failure to assist in personal hygiene when needed
  • over-medication or under-medication
  • failure to take reasonable precautions to prevent falls
  • failure to answer call lights in a timely fashion
  • failure to turn residents in their beds (leading to pressure sores)
  • failure to take residents to the toilet (leaving them in soiled garments or beds)
  • slapping or other physical abuse of the resident
  • use of unwarranted chemical or physical restraints
  • emotional or verbal abuse of the resident
  • retaliation for making a complaint or filing a grievance
  • failure to take adequate precautions to prevent injury to the resident
  • failure to provide for appropriate medical care
  • sexual assault or rape of the resident
  • theft of the resident’s money or other personal property
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