Physical Elder Abuse

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The Shocking Reality of Physical Elder Abuse in Nursing Homesphysical elder abuse

Physical abuse is a horrific yet prevalent issue in nursing homes, impacting millions of seniors. Here’s a glimpse into this alarming reality:

  • Millions at Risk: Over 3 million Americans entrust nursing homes with their loved ones’ care.
  • 1 in 3 Abused: A staggering one-third of residents report experiencing physical abuse themselves.
  • Witnessing the Unthinkable: Nearly all residents (95%) have witnessed abuse happening to others.
  • Deadly Consequences: Abused seniors are 300% more likely to die prematurely.

These statistics paint a disturbing picture. Physical abuse can inflict lasting injuries and emotional trauma. It’s crucial to raise awareness and take action to protect our vulnerable elderly population.

Abusers in Nursing Homes

  • Nursing home caregivers
  • Visiting family members
  • Other residents
At Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Law Center, we are committed to providing our clients with quality legal counsel when they need it most. Contact our office today to speak to our California elder abuse lawyers.

Types of Physical Elder Abuse

  • Active abuse
  • Misuse of restraints
  • Physical neglect

Warning Signs of Physical Elder Abuse

Unlike emotional abuse or financial abuse, physical abuse can be easier to spot. If you suspect that a patient is being abused, there are some things you should watch for because they might suggest that abuse is happening.

  • Medical staff refuses to leave patient alone with family
  • Unexplained injuries and recurring injuries
  • Physical signs of restraint such as bruises and abrasions
  • Malnutrition, dehydration, and sudden weight loss

Actions In Response To Suspected Physical Elder Abuse

Immediate Danger:

  • Call 911: If the senior is in immediate danger from physical abuse or has been physically harmed, call 911. Elder abuse is a crime, and the police can intervene.

Reporting Abuse:

  • Report It: Elder abuse needs to be reported to hold abusers accountable. Contact your local Adult Protective Services (APS) agency. You can find contact information through the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or
  • Prepare Information: When reporting, be ready to provide details like the elder’s name, address, type of support they receive (family, medical, etc.), the suspected abuse type, and the abuser’s identity (if known).

Gathering Evidence (Optional but Helpful):

  • Document: Documenting the situation can strengthen your report. If possible, take pictures of injuries or unsanitary living conditions. Note down observations of poor hygiene, bed sores, physical abuse, or improper restraints in a log.
  • Formal Complaints: If the abuse occurs in a facility, consider making formal complaints to supervisors. Document the date, who you spoke with, and their response. Keep copies of all communication.

Get Justice for Your Loved One: Physical Elder Abuse Legal Help

Ensuring your loved one’s safety is the top priority. After addressing their immediate needs, you deserve to hold those responsible accountable.

Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Law Center Can Help

We are a leading California law center with a proven track record in elder abuse and neglect cases. Our compassionate elder abuse attorneys understand the emotional and financial toll these situations take on families.

We Fight for Seniors in San Francisco, the North Bay, Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Sacramento, and Across California

Let us advocate for your loved one. We offer:

  • Free consultations: Discuss your case with a dedicated attorney at no cost.
  • Experienced representation: Benefit from our extensive knowledge of elder abuse law.
  • Compassionate support: We understand the sensitive nature of these cases.

Take Action Today

Don’t let nursing home physical elder abuse go unaddressed. Get the legal help you deserve.

  • Contact our experienced nursing home abuse lawyer for a free consultation.
  • Call (877) 270-4700 or our closest local office for a free consultation.



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