If you’ve made the difficult decision to place your loved one in the care of a nursing home, the idea that they might be abused or neglected is horrifying. Unfortunately, this is a reality for some people. As many as 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been abused or exploited by someone they depended on for care, according to a recent study. The numbers are hard to track because abuse is often not reported. This is a disturbing national trend. As the percentage of Arkansas’s elderly population increases, so does the number of nursing home abuse cases.

The National Center on Elder Abuse explains that there are multiple types of elder abuse:

  • Physical abuse: The use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
  • Sexual abuse: Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person. It is also considered abuse if the person is incapable of giving consent.
  • Emotional or psychological abuse: The infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts. This type of abuse includes insults, threats, humiliation, isolation, and treating an older person as an infant.
  • Neglect: The refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder.
  • Abandonment: The desertion of an elderly person by an individual who has assumed responsibility for providing care for an elder, or by a person with physical custody of an elder.
  • Financial or material exploitation: The illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets.
  • Self neglect: The behavior of an elderly person that threatens his/her own safety. This excludes a situation in which a mentally competent older person makes a conscious and voluntary decision to engage in acts that threaten his/her health or safety.

Patients in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are protected by law, and the lawyers at Taylor King Law can help if you think your loved one’s rights have been violated. We want to help protect the dignity and safety of the elderly. Call 800-227-9732 and let us evaluate your case.