Nursing home abuse is a very serious issue. It can have emotional, mental and physical consequences on its victims. Elders who are abused have a 300 percent chance of dying in the three years following the abuse than those who are not abused. Nursing home abuse often takes place due to the negligent or deliberate action of the staff and caregivers.
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If it can be established that the nursing home facility was negligent, and that negligence resulted in an injury or abuse to a resident, then the nursing home may be held liable for all resulting damages.
Several factors may contribute to abuse and neglect in nursing homes, including:
- Inadequately trained staff
- Hiring of staff with a history of violence
- Psychological, social, or economic problems of the abuser
You should immediately notify the nursing home administrator, director of the nursing home and social worker. Call the police if you think the law has been broken. You can also notify the Ombudsman (resident advocate) for the nursing home. Finally, you should report it to the Division of Quality Assurance so that an investigation can be carried out.