According to the Ohio Department of Health, “physical abuse” is defined as knowingly and/or recklessly causing physical harm to a resident of a nursing home. This physical harm can come in many forms, including but not limited to physical restraint, medication or isolation as punishment, and injuries caused by punching, kicking, or otherwise inflicting direct physical harm.
Psychological abuse, that is, the deliberate infliction of psychological harm through words or action, is also a frequent issue in nursing homes.
Neglect is defined as a failure to provide a resident with treatment and care to maintain their health, safety, and comfort, especially when that failure results in serious physical harm to the resident.
Misappropriation is similar to theft. It’s the deliberate misplacement, misuse, or exploitation of a resident’s personal property or money. This can include stealing from a resident, using their property without permission, embezzling, and more.