List of Arguably the Three Most Prevalent Forms of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse occurs in nursing homes in the Twin Cities and all around Minnesota, here are perhaps three most common types. While Minnesota has one of the best reputations when it comes to its nursing homes, that doesn’t mean the abuse and neglect doesn’t exist.
Because of the fact that there are cases reported in Minnesota and throughout the Twin Cities, this has led to an examination of the three most common types of abuse that occur within nursing homes.
Some types of abuse are obvious and other types are not so obvious. The three most common types of elder abuse are:
Physical abuse is the most common of the three, as it is commonly experienced by nursing home patients in some way. This type of abuse entails physical beatings, sexual assault, forced ingestion of medication or food, and rough handling. Physical abuse can also be the direct result of neglect, which happens when the nursing home staff doesn’t clothe or feed a patient, protect the patient from safety or health hazards, or assist with personal hygiene.
It has been found a number of times that nursing home staff may also financially abuse patients. Of course, not all do this. However, there are some employed with nursing homes that will resort to this. Nursing home staff members have been found to coerce patients into giving them money or even naming them in their will. Some of the common signs of financial abuse include frequent bank account withdrawals, personal property loss, new mortgage contracts or loans, and recent revisions to estate planning documents.
When a patient is emotionally or verbally mistreated, this is considered mental abuse. Humiliation, insults, or threats fall into this category. Mental abuse can also include situations where the nursing home denies a patient their right to personal choice, such as when the patient wants to eat or get out of bed. Mental abuse can also come in the form of forced isolation and verbal intimidation.
So What Causes These Three Most Types of Abuse?
Nursing homes have a tendency to be understaffed and the working conditions can be stressful. The training may also not be up to par. Sometimes an individual hired by a nursing home is simply deceptive and will do anything to get money in the case the abuse is financial abuse. Other times, the employees are overworked and they burn out because of this fact. They lose their empathy and their patience with the patients, leading to them making some very serious errors.
Research has found that the chance of this abuse increasing within a facility is rather high with dementia patients and the number of staff available to take care of them. This is especially true when staff members are being asked to work double shifts. But even with double shifts, the staff can respond appropriately to difficult situations if they have the right kind of training. This is especially true when dealing with physically combative residents.
Report the Three Most Prevalent Forms of Abuse – Physical – Financial – Mental
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.