Elder Abuse Definitions
Elder abuse is any act, failure to act, or incitement to
act done willfully, knowingly, or recklessly through words or physical
action which causes or could cause mental or physical injury or
death to a nursing home resident. This includes verbal,
sexual, mental/psychological, or physical elder abuse, including
corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, or any other actions
within this definition.
Other Definitions of Elder Abuse:
Involuntary seclusion -- Separation of a resident
from others or from his room against the resident's will or the
will of the resident's legal representative. Temporary monitored
separation from other residents will not be considered involuntary
seclusion and may be permitted if used as a therapeutic intervention
as determined by professional staff and consistent with the resident's
plan of care.
Mental/psychological elder abuse -- Mistreatment
within the definition of "abuse" not resulting in physical
harm, including, but not limited to, humiliation, harassment, threats
of punishment, deprivation, or intimidation.
Physical elder abuse -- Physical action within
the definition of "abuse," including, but not limited
to, hitting, slapping, pinching, and kicking. It also includes controlling
behavior through corporal punishment.
Sexual elder abuse -- Any touching or exposure
of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of a resident without
the voluntary, informed consent of the resident and with the intent
to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person and includes,
but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual coercion, or sexual
Verbal elder abuse -- The use of any oral, written,
or gestured language that includes disparaging or derogatory terms
to a resident or within the resident's hearing distance, regardless
of the resident's age, ability to comprehend, or disability.
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