My father is in a nursing home. One of his caretakers seems overly harsh to him whenever we visit, but my father always defends the caretaker’s actions. Could this be elder abuse?

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Yes. Many forms of elder abuse in nursing homes in Kentucky do not involve physical contact but can still be extremely damaging to the resident. Victims may suffer isolation or emotional abuse without any bodily symptoms—and the daily dependence on their abuser may make them too afraid to report the crime.

Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not properly screen their staff members for possible signs of abusive behavior. Although there is no exact profile of an elder abuser, the following behaviors have been identified as high-risk indicators for abuse:

  • Previous criminal history (especially domestic violence or other forms of abuse)
  • Alcohol or drug dependence
  • Short temper
  • Mental illness or emotional instability
  • Lack of empathy
  • An unhealthy dependency on an elder (either emotional or financial)
  • Isolating the resident from family and friends
  • Threatening to leave the elder alone or transfer him to a less desirable ward 
  • Control over the patent’s actions (who they see and where they go) 
  • Acting indifferent, hostile, or defensive of the elder’s care 
  • Minimizing an elder’s injuries or concerns
  • Placing blame on others (including administration, staff, or the victim) for abusive acts

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If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.