Vacate – To set aside.

Ventilator – Machine that helps circulate air in and out of the body. Read more about nursing home patients with ventilators here.

Venue – Authority of a court to hear a matter based on geographical location.

Verbal elder abuse – Oral, written or gestured language that disparages a nursing home patient made directly to the person or within hearing distance of the person– regardless of the persons ability to understand or appreciate the words themselves.

Verdict – A conclusion, as to fact or law, that forms the basis for the court’s judgment. (See directed verdict.) Read about a recent nursing home negligence verdict here.

Veterans’ Administration (VA) – The federal agency which administers a system of benefits for veterans and their dependents.

Veterans nursing home – A residential facility where veterans can live for nursing home care. See how a VA nursing home fared during a recent inspection here.

Violation in nursing home –  A citation issued by a federal or state regulatory agency in response to a nursing home’s failure to follow regulation. A nursing home violation may result in a monetary fine or restriction on new patients.

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