Types of Nursing Home Abuse in Oregon: Bend Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Explains

Nursing Home Abuse in Oregon: Types to Be Aware of to Protect Your Loved One’s Rights


Nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, adult homes, and other long-term care facilities serve a very important purpose.  They help our loved ones who are elderly, injured, or sick with their day-to-day lives, including providing care and treatment that may not be able to provide ourselves at home.  We rely on nursing homes to competently, professionally, and carefully perform these tasks.  The last thing we think about is nursing home abuse here.  After all, nursing homes are very expense and we expect to get very good care and treatment for the amount of money that we are paying.


But that is not always the case.  Unfortunately, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 1 in 10 senior citizens will become a victim of elder abuse.  According to Oregon’s Office for Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations, in the last year of data throughout multiple investigating agencies there were approximately 5,400 instances of substantiated abuse or neglect against individuals 65 years or older.  This is approximately 13.5%, which is higher than the natural estimate of 1 in 10 or 10%.


Types of Nursing Home Abuse to Know


There are many different types of nursing home abuse, and not all types leave visible signs.  In fact, some forms of nursing home abuse can be incredibly difficult to detect.  The types of nursing home abuse which you may want to seek legal representation for include the following:


Physical Abuse – This is the most commonly thought of type of abuse.  This involves physical harm to a nursing home resident such as being hit, cut, burned, pulled, or other trauma.  it is also one of the more common types of nursing home abuse that occurs.


Sexual Abuse – Sexual abuse of a nursing home resident is unfortunately common, particularly in residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or who cannot communicate.  Sexual abuse can take many forms and is always nursing home abuse, even if the resident allegedly “consents” because the issue is 1) competency to consent, and 2) the nursing home employee is in a position of power and authority.


Psychological Abuse – This is a very difficult type of abuse to detect because it involves conduct and words, such as yelling, name calling, shaming, criticizing, and other forms of abuse that results in psychological shame to a person.


Financial Exploitation – This is when a caregiver takes advantage of a patient’s financial means and steals money from the resident.  This could be physically taking money from a wallet or purse, hiding money that comes in (social security checks), or using a resident’s credit card for personal purchases.


Neglect – Neglect is another type of abuse that is very difficult to detect because it in involves doing nothing at all.  Neglect is about ignoring a patient’s needs entirely.  This could be not checking in on a patient, failing to brush a patient’s teeth, failing to bathe a resident, or other forms of neglecting that resident’s needs and hygiene.  Neglect could even be the form of not coming to talk to or check on the patient for a whole day.


Has Your Loved One Been a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse?  Call Kuhlman Law, LLC to Learn How We May be Able to Help


Nursing home abuse is a serious problem.  Our loved ones deserve to live the “Golden Years” free from physical, sexual, psychological, and other forms of abuse.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  If you believe your loved one may be the victim of abuse at a nursing home, adult home, rehabilitation center, or long term care facility, please call me and my staff at Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what rights you may have.


We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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