Different Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes

social media abuseThere are several different ways the elderly in nursing homes might be abused. In addition to more commonly known physical, verbal, and financial forms of abuse - a new strain of harm has emerged through social media abuse. A resident suffering from dementia living in a nursing home in a state not far from North Carolina was recently abused through an app called Snapchat. 

Snapchat is a phone application where people can take pictures; type captions, and send them to their friends. The pictures will only show for a limited amount of time, but even though they are gone after ten seconds, they can still be captured by someone if they screenshot the picture.

The nurse taking care of the nursing home resident took photos of her on the toilet and sent them to her friends. The family of the resident in the home was horrified when they found out what the nurse had done.

In another state, a similar instance occurred when two nurses took a picture of a patient and captioned it, “Chuckie’s Bride.” These two nurses have been charged.

Elderly abuse comes in many forms and typically residents of a nursing home feel helpless or are helpless and cannot stop it. May 8th-14th is National Nursing Home Week, so if someone you know is in the nursing home and you do not know whether or not they are being abused, be sure to look for these signs:


  • A large amount of bruise or scratch marks may indicate physical abuse
  • A new behavior to certain stimuli might be a sign of abuse
  • Increased anxiety or depression by a patient may also indicate abuse
  • Missing items and funds may show proof of financial abuse


If you see any type of abuse toward a nursing home resident, please contact the police. If this has happened to you or someone you know and you feel that you are entitled to compensation, please call Brent Adams and Associates at 877-273-6823 or complete our elder abuse case review request form. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain us.

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