NURSING HOME INJURIES | Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: Does sexual abuse and mental abuse exist in nursing homes?

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ANSWER

Unbelievably, sexual abuse of the elderly is not unheard of in assisted living settings. The abuse can be at the hands of other residents or the staff. Some typical types of sexual abuse include sexual battery (including vaginal and anal intercourse without consent), forced nudity, and inappropriate photography.

Mental abuse of the elderly, while perhaps not as visible as physical abuse, can be just as, if not more debilitating. One must be vigilant to uncover mental abuse, as the consequences of such abuse may not be immediately apparent. Mental abuse includes, but is not limited to, verbally harassing or intimidating the resident, intentionally not speaking to the resident, and isolating the resident from friends and family.


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