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7 Types of Nursing Home Abuse

In San Antonio, there are a host of nursing home facilities responsible for providing quality care to their residents. Many of these organizations work hard to meet or exceed the expectations of those families who trust them to provide for the needs of their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are far too many instances when those expectations are not met, and nursing home residents suffer subpar care or even abuse at the hands of nursing home staff.

At Carabin Shaw, our attorneys know you want to have confidence in those charged with the care of your aging family members. Nursing homes charge large sums of money for their services; it’s only right to expect those services to meet or exceed the value being paid to them, but how can you know whether or not they’re fulfilling their commitment?

In order for you to be aware of the conditions your loved ones live in, you need to be aware of the warning signs of nursing home abuse that occur in San Antonio. The problem for many is not a lack of concern, but a lack of knowledge regarding the types of nursing home abuse. This can leave families feeling anxious, worried, and in a never-ending state of concern over the safety of their elderly loved ones residing in nursing home facilities.

The attorneys at Carabin Shaw of San Antonio believe everyone should have the knowledge they need to recognize the 7 types of nursing home abuse. That’s because we understand fully what it’s like to trust someone with the care of a loved one only to have that trust violated through abuse. This is why we’re working hard to educate families on the signs and symptoms for which they should always be alert.

The 7 Types of Nursing Home Abuse
  • Physical: This can involve any type of physical force used, from physical restraints to over-sedation. It’s important to keep in mind this type of abuse may or may not result in injury, but is always done against the will of the patient.
  • Sexual: Any type of non-consensual sexual activity is a form of abuse. Additionally, if there is any type of sexual activity with a patient incapable of consenting, this is always considered sexual abuse.
  • Emotional or Psychological: This type of abuse can be inflicted through verbal or non-verbal actions, and can cause great distress and emotional pain to the patient.
  • Neglect: Failing to provide for proper hygiene, skin care, and nutritional needs are all examples of neglecting the obligations a nursing home has to its patients.
  • Abandonment: If a nursing home facility ceases to provide care for a patient, they have, in effect, abandoned that patient and are guilty of this type of abuse.
  • Financial or Material Exploitation: The use of a patient’s assets, either material or financial, improperly or without the consent of the individual is a type of nursing home abuse.
  • Self-neglect: This can be characterized as allowing a patient to act in a way that threatens their own well-being.

If you suspect your loved one has been a victim of any of these 7 types of nursing home abuse, contact our office today. One of our San Antonio nursing home attorneys will meet with you to discuss the details of your case, so we can get to work on behalf of your loved one. Your first consultation with us is absolutely free of charge. If our attorney determines there has indeed been abuse, we will fight for the compensation you deserve. Rest assured, we will treat your case with the same concern we would as if it were our own family member.

If you suspect your family member may have fallen prey to San Antonio nursing home negligence, stop feeling uncertain, suspicious, and anxious; instead, find the confidence and peace of mind knowing your loved one is being cared for as they deserve. Let one of our lawyers shoulder the burden of holding caretakers to their responsibilities and, if necessary, undertake the necessary legal procedures to make things right. Call the lawyers of Carabin Shaw in San Antonio at 210-222-2288 or toll free at 800-862-1260 for your free consultation today.

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