Definition of Abuse

Nursing Home and Elder Neglect and Abuse – Definitions

Definition of Abuse

Legal definitions of abuse can vary from state to state but abuse generally refers to the failure to provide necessary services, resulting in harm to the resident. It can also include intentional neglect and physical abuse, or financial exploitation. Most states have legal definitions of elder abuse that come from criminal statutes, which may differ from definitions of abuse appearing in non-criminal statutes or licensure regulations.

If you believe your loved one has been abused or neglected, you should either report it or contact an attorney to discuss the matter. The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Downey has extensive experiencing prosecuting abuse cases. Call our office for more information or a free consultation.