What Are the Different Forms of Elder Abuse?

Elderly residents of a nursing home are extremely vulnerable to all types of abuse. Typically, Denver nursing home abuse lawyer come across cases in which residents have been subjected to physical abuse. That includes beating, hitting, kicking, and forcible restraint. If you see bruises, explained wounds, or signs of restraint on your loved one’s wrists, you have reason to suspect physical abuse.

Apart from physical abuse, an elderly person may be insulted, screamed at, taunted and subject to all types of psychological abuse. Staff members may yell at the person, or make threats to the person. The elderly person maybe humiliated or made to feel ashamed of himself. Other forms of psychological abuse can be ignoring the person, or even frightening or intimidating them.

Remember, that it isn’t unheard of for elderly residents of nursing homes to be subjected to sexual abuse. The sexual abuse does not have to involve penetrative sex. Sexual abuse can occur even if the person is touched through his or her clothes, made to watch pornographic videos, or witness sex acts.

Remember, that changes in your loved one’s personality like anxiety, fearfulness, depression and social withdrawal are possible signs of abuse or neglect. If you see these signs in your loved one, speak to a Denver nursing home abuse lawyer to evaluate your legal options.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.