Frequently Asked Questions about Nursing Home Abuse

Orlando Elder Abuse Attorneys Have Answers


Picture of frequently asked questionsElder abuse is a painful and complicated problem in our country. You may have questions about what constitutes elderly abuse or nursing home abuse, or what you can do about it. Our Orlando nursing home abuse lawyers have years of experience seeking justice against negligent nursing homes, and we can help you if you suspect that your loved one is suffering at an assisted living facility. Here are some of the questions we receive most often.

What is elder abuse?
Elder abuse is any negligent or intentional act by the caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an elder. Abuse could be physical, sexual or mental, and it can result from many different acts. It does not necessarily have to occur at a nursing home or assisted living facility.

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Are there different types of abuse?
Examples of abuse may include deprivation of an elder’s basic needs, non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, physical abuse by a caregiver or another resident, refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection, and inflicting mental pain, anguish or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts.

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Are there signs of abuse and how can I recognize them?

Some signs that may indicate possible abuse are:

  • Unusual bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions and burns.
  • Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, unusual depression and a sudden change in alertness.
  • Bruises around the breast or genital area may indicate sexual abuse.
  • Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene and unusual weight loss.
  • Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person.

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What do I do if a nursing home resident has been suffered abuse?

Call the police or 9-1-1 immediately if someone you know is in immediate, life threatening danger. If the danger is not immediate, relay your concerns to the long term care ombudsmen, protective services or the police. Also, if a nursing home resident is abused, it is important for a family to contact a qualified attorney. Reporting elder abuse as soon as possible is important in keeping your loved one safe, as well as preventing further harm.

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Where can I get additional information about nursing home abuse and how to prevent it?

For more information on nursing home abuse and preventing it you can contact the National Center on Elder Abuse at 202-898-2586 or visit their website at http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/.

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If a loved one is suffering at a nursing home or assisted living facility, you can call our Orlando nursing home abuse lawyers at (800)235-7060 to schedule a free consultation. There is no charge to find out if you have a potential case.