The Louisiana Department of Health has specific definitions for certain types of illegal conduct that residents in nursing home facilities may be unlawfully subjected to.
Specifically, state regulators are concerned about four particular types of conduct, that are generally defined this way:
Abuse may be physical, emotional, or sexual.
Physical abuse includes contact that produces pain or injury, including hitting, shoving, pulling hair, pinching, and yanking.
Emotional abuse can include classic bullying techniques, such as threats, ridicule, keeping a resident isolated from family or other residents, harassment, and intimidation.
Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual activity, whether or not it involves contact or produces injury.
Neglect situations are similarly well defined.
When a caregiver engages in neglect, obvious signs include withholding the provision of necessary care, including water, food, medication, physical support services, resident safety, cleanliness within the facility, and any other necessity.
Exploitation is the misuse of a nursing home resident’s money, property, or even power of attorney for one’s own gain.
Finally, extortion is the use of force, intimidation, or abuse of power to take something of value from a nursing home resident in New Orleans.
All of these behaviors are against the law, but they can happen.
If you or a loved one are facing abuse, neglect, exploitation, or extortion in a nursing home in New Orleans, call The Gertler Law Firm today at 504-581-6411 and talk to a lawyer for free.