Physical Abuse

Nursing home residents are often at a stage in their lives where they are dependent on others to care for some of their basic and essential needs. Ideally, nursing home communities and their workers are supposed to provide respectful and adequate care to the elderly, who deserve to have their rights respected even in their dependent state. Regrettably, it is not unheard of for nursing home workers to abuse their station by taking advantage of their influence over their patients and force over their patients by abusing them physically. This is a particularly appalling violation of the relationship between nursing home workers and their patients, as the elderly are often forced into a situation in which they may feel helpless because they are unable to defend or care for themselves.

Physical Abuse Indicators

Physical abuse can severely affect the well being of a nursing home patient through the physical and emotional trauma that it burdens them with. Victims are frequently threatened into silence through fear of additional abuse or other violence, and so may refrain from discussing how they came to be injured. A few indications that someone may be suffering from physical abuse in a nursing home are as follows:

  • Bruising
  • Bone fractures
  • Damage to the spine and neck
  • Brain damage
  • Internal bleeding

Even minor injuries might require an elderly individual to seek medical attention, not to mention more serious physical trauma. The emotional toll and financial expense could necessitate taking legal action to alleviate the burdens of nursing home abuse.