4 Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

When we place an aging loved one in a nursing home it is the expectation that they receive the quality care they deserve. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect of our elderly is an all too common occurrence in nursing home facilities. In a study conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse using a sample of 2,000 nursing home residents, they found 44% of them had been abused and 95% of those surveyed reported that they were, or witnessed someone being neglected. What’s more alarming is that 50% of the nursing home staff admitted to mistreating their patients.

Abuse can come in many forms; however they can be categorized into 4 main areas: (Physical Abuse, Neglect, Sexual Abuse, and Psychological Abuse).

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse can be defined as a caretaker or medical professional using extreme or excessive force that can cause the patient harm and pain and suffering. Physical abuse it the second most common form of nursing home negligence to a nursing home resident. Some examples of physical abuse include:

  • Hitting, shoving, pushing, slapping or kicking
  • Burning
  • Forced feeding food or medications
  • Restraining for long periods of time or improperly restraining
  • Denying food or drinks for extended periods of time


This is the most common form of abuse reported. It is defined as a medical professional or caretaker who does not follow the standard of care expected from their position or does not meet the patient’s expectations. Some examples of nursing home neglect include:

  • Food and water deprivation (malnourishment and/or dehydration)
  • Lack of proper hygiene or care for patient (stench of urine or feces on patient or in living space)
  • Not administering medication or improperly administering it
  • Safety hazards in patient’s living space
  • Inadequate general care

Sexual Assault

Unfortunately, sexual abuse is not uncommon in nursing home facilities.  Nursing home sexual abuse occurs when a caretaker, medical professional or anyone employed by the facility engages in a non-consensual sexual act with a patient.  In some instances, the resident is incapable of communicating and is taken advantage of.

Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse can occur both verbally and nonverbally.  Psychological abuse is defined as any action that is intended to cause emotional agony of a resident.  Some examples of psychological abuse include:

  • Intimidation and physical threats
  • Verbal assaults
  • Humiliation
  • Harassment
  • Seclusion
  • Silent treatment

Gainesville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or negligence it is imperative that you contact an aggressive Gainesville nursing home abuse attorney. Laurie D. Mitchell is a Licensed Attorney and Nurse and knows the law and how these nursing home facilities are run. For almost 30 years Laurie has been protecting the rights of seniors and making sure that nursing home facilities that participate in these types of abuses are held fully accountable for their actions.

If you suspect a loved one is being mistreated or abused by a nursing home facility contact Laurie D. Mitchell today for your free consultation (352) 371-9828. We will aggressively protect the rights of those who can’t protect themselves.