What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our nation’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As many as 150,000 cases of abuse occur each year, with an estimated 1,800 deaths counted among that number.

Our seniors and elderly loved ones in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to abuse. Many are frail and unable to defend themselves and may feel frightened (or are unable) to share what’s happening to them. It’s important to listen to their concerns and to ask them how they are feeling, if their needs are being met, and how they’re being treated on a daily basis. If you suspect nursing home abuse, the attorneys at Skaug Law have the experience to help you deal with this difficult situation.

Abuse Can Take Many Forms

  • Physical abuse includes any physical contact that causes harm or injury. It can also include unreasonable use of restraint.
  • Emotional abuse can cause pain and suffering to nursing home residents in the form of ridicule and demeaning comments. Residents can experience fear and terror through intimidation tactics.
  • Sexual abuse is any non-consensual sexual contact and can also include other physical and emotional abuse.
  • Financial abuse occurs when nursing home staff trick or coerce residents into revealing financial information. It can also take the form of attempting to get residents to change wills, deeds or trusts.


Nursing home residents and their families have a right to expect competent, dignified care. Neglect occurs when physical, medical or emotional needs are not being met. Neglect can quickly escalate to physical or emotional abuse.

If You Suspect Abuse

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or other care facility and you suspect abuse, it’s important to take action at once. The safety and well-being of your loved one is paramount, and getting them to a place of safety is your first priority.

After your loved one is safe, first, contact the police and file a report. Next, contact an attorney who knows the law and has experience dealing with the insurance companies that represent nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The experienced attorneys at Skaug Law can help your loved one find good medical care and make sure you are compensated for any medical, legal and financial needs that arise as a result of nursing home abuse. Contact our friendly and caring attorneys for a free consultation today.