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What are some lesser-known instances of nursing home abuse?

You expect nothing but the best when you entrust a nursing home with the care of your elderly loved one. Sadly, this is often not the case. Nursing home abuse and neglect are common in New York and the rest of the country. When the topic of nursing home abuse comes up, you might think about a caregiver slapping your relative or neglecting to feed and bathe him or her. While these are common abuses, they are far from the only ones your loved one might suffer.

According to FindLaw, numerous types of abuse and neglect that go beyond physical abuse may be prevalent in the nursing home you trust to care for your loved one. They may include the following:

  • Failing to administer necessary and sometimes life-preserving medications
  • Not keeping track of a resident’s whereabouts, resulting in a resident wandering off and getting lost or injured
  • Emotional and verbal abuse, such as taunting, shouting or threatening to harm the resident
  • Financial exploitation and manipulation
  • Sexual abuse and harassment, ranging from crude comments to coercion, touching while the resident is unconscious or incapacitated and physical assault of a sexual nature

When a loved one is staying in a nursing home, almost nothing can be more infuriating and heartbreaking than finding out he or she is being harmed or taken advantage of. In these cases, you may be eligible to seek legal counsel and attempt to get justice for your relative. You might also want to bring these abuses to light, so no other residents will be harmed. Since this is a sensitive topic, this information should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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