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Nursing Home Residents Who Have a High Risk of Being Abused


Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Feb 20, 2019 in Nursing Home Abuse

comforting an elderly patientAny nursing home resident could suffer physical, verbal or psychological abuse, no matter how healthy he or she is. However, some residents have a higher risk of being abused because of their physical or cognitive limitations. Family members of these high-risk residents need to be aware of these factors and keep a close eye on their loved ones for any signs of abuse. Your loved one probably will not be able to tell you what is happening, so it is up to you to put a stop to it. 

If an elderly loved one suffered harm from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you may benefit from the services of a New Haven nursing home abuse lawyer at D'Amico & Pettinicchi. We can determine if you can pursue a case against the parties responsible to recover compensation for damages. We can manage your claim and answer any questions you have about the legal process.

Resident Risk Factors for Abuse

Risk factors that can affect the elderly and lead to abuse usually stem from health impairments in some form. For example, when a resident has dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease or other cognitive limitations, there is a greater danger of abuse or neglect because there is a lower chance of it being reported because the victim may not remember what happened.  

Another risk factor for residents is aggressiveness. Employees that provide care often respond in kind when the resident is already aggressive. 

Some of the other risk factors that may increase the risk of abuse include the following:

  • Mental illness such as depression, anxiety due to previous trauma or bipolar disorder
  • Physical disabilities that make it more challenging to provide proper care for residents
  • Female residents are thought of by abusers as easier targets than men
  • Residents who are socially isolated from others or have a lack of social support
  • Residents with extra needs that are greater than the average resident, which can require more contact with nursing home staff members

Risk Factors for Women

Studies show that women need nursing homes, assisted living and health care facilities more often than men do. One of the main reasons for this is because women tend to live longer than men.

Abuse of women also tends to go unreported because victims fear their abusers, worry their accusations will not be believed, or they do not know how to report the abuse. Sometimes elderly female abuse victims would rather avoid going through the legal system because they do not feel the legal system will protect their best interests.

Some women have reported feeling hopeless about the abuse they suffered. They blame themselves or feel shame and have a desire to keep it secret. If the victim has a close relationship with the abuser, she may fear the consequences the abuser would face if the abuse is reported.

Elderly women are often the target of various forms of sexual abuse, and this can cause serious genital injuries, such as vaginal bruising, swelling, abrasions and bleeding. Sometimes victims of these injuries require surgery, which can be very risky for elderly patients.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer for Help Today

If you suspect your loved one is being abused, the nursing home abuse attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi can review your case at no cost to you. We have helped many victims of nursing home abuse recover compensation.

If you decide to move forward with your case, we will immediately begin developing a customized legal strategy. We can manage every aspect of the legal process on your behalf.

Your consultation is entirely free and there is no obligation to take legal action. We do not bill for representing you unless you receive fair compensation.

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