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Causes of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a growing problem that affects some of the most vulnerable members of society – disabled and elderly individuals who are physically frail and cognitively vulnerable. Despite efforts to prevent it, elder abuse remains pervasive in nursing home settings and by family members.


Physical abuse, one of the most common types of elder mistreatment, can result in severe injuries and even death. To fight against this serious problem affecting nursing home residents, it’s essential to understand the causes of abuse and how to identify warning signs.

Is your beloved family member the victim of nursing home abuse? The personal injury attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center, LLC are legal advocates for the disabled and elderly victimized by caregivers and other residents at the nursing facility.

Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at (800) 926-7565 or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Elder Abuse in Nursing Home Settings

Elder abuse is a growing concern in nursing facility environments, where the disabled and elderly may be particularly vulnerable to physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

Mistreating an elderly person can have serious consequences, including physical injuries, mental distress, and even death.

Causes of Elder Abuse Harming the Nursing Home Resident

Nursing home abuse and neglect are serious issues that can have devastating consequences for the disabled and elderly. Various factors can contribute to such mistreatment, from understaffing to family conflicts to poor management.

  • Understaffing: When nursing homes are understaffed, employees may be more likely to neglect or abuse elderly residents due to the high workload and lack of time.
  • Poor training: Nursing home staff members who lack proper training may not have the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate care, leading to abuse, mistreatment, or neglect of elderly residents.
  • Burnout: Overworked and stressed-out employees may take their frustration out on elderly residents or neglect their duties.
  • Drug addiction: Employees struggling with drug addiction may be more likely to abuse or neglect elderly residents.
  • Financial stress: Nursing facility employees struggling financially may steal from elderly residents or neglect their duties to save time or money.
  • Family conflicts: Family members may vent their frustrations on elderly relatives in nursing homes.
  • Power imbalances: Caregivers may abuse their power over elderly residents by neglecting their needs or using physical or emotional abuse to control them.
  • Neglectful family members who are responsible for the care of elderly relatives may neglect their needs due to their own personal issues, such as addiction or mental health problems.
  • Poor management: Nursing homes with poor management may have a culture that condones or ignores abuse and neglect.
  • Lack of oversight: Nursing facility employees may feel encouraged to engage in abusive or neglectful behavior without proper oversight and monitoring.

Understanding these causes can prevent elder mistreatment and ensure the disabled and elderly receive the care and respect they deserve.

Types of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

By recognizing and understanding these types of elder abuse, we can work towards preventing mistreatment and protecting the well-being of elderly people.

  • Physical abuse can include hitting, pushing, slapping, kicking, or using restraints to control an elderly person.
  • Emotional abuse: This type of abuse can include verbal abuse, threats, humiliation, or isolation from family, friends, or caregivers.
  • Sexual abuse can include unwanted sexual contact, advances, or body exposure.
  • Neglect: Disabled and elder neglect can include failing to provide basic needs such as food, water, medication, or hygiene, ignoring health problems, or not providing proper medical care.
  • Financial exploitation can include theft of money or property, unauthorized use of credit cards or bank accounts, or changing legal documents such as wills or power of attorney.
  • Abandonment can include leaving an elderly person alone or failing to provide necessary care, such as leaving them in a public place or hospital.
  • Self-neglect can occur when elderly individuals are unable or unwilling to care for themselves properly due to mental or physical health issues, addiction, or other reasons.
  • Institutional abuse can occur in nursing homes or other care facilities, where and elderly person may be subject to neglect, mistreatment, or abuse by staff members.
  • Family elder abuse can occur when family members neglect or mistreat elderly relatives, intentionally or unintentionally. This abuse often involves a family member gaining illegal access to the resident’s funds.
  • Medical neglect can occur when medical providers neglect to provide necessary treatment, medication, or other care to elderly individuals, resulting in injury or harm.

Statistics on Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Elder abuse in nursing homes is a serious problem. Statistics show that it is more commonplace than many people realize.

According to a National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) study, nearly 1 in 10 nursing home residents have reported abuse or neglect. However, many elder abuse cases in nursing homes go unreported, making it difficult to determine the true prevalence of such abuse.

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Recognizing the signs of elder abuse in nursing homes is crucial for identifying and addressing cases of mistreatment.

Some of the most common indicators include physical injuries, such as bruises or bedsores, changes in behavior, such as increased fear or anxiety, and financial irregularities, such as missing money or valuables.

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney from Nursing Home Law Center, LLC

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse in a nursing home, it’s important to seek legal representation from a trusted and experienced attorney. Nursing Home Law Center, LLC is dedicated to protecting the rights of elderly people mistreated in nursing homes.

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling elder abuse cases, and we can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us at (800) 926-7565.


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