Residents of poorly staffed nursing homes in Illinois could become victims of abuse. In general, abuse occurs when someone is mistreated and harmed by another person. When an elderly or disabled person in a nursing home is abused, the ill treatment could lead to a life-threatening situation.
There are different types of nursing home abuse that can occur. In addition to physical abuse that could cause immediate physical injuries, an elderly person could be the victim of emotional abuse or neglect. Emotional abuse in a nursing home occurs when a resident is threatened, humiliated or insulted by their caregivers. Even nonverbal acts of intimidation like glaring could be considered emotional abuse. Neglect occurs when a nursing home resident is not provided with the basic care that they need for their physical and emotional well-being.