Nursing home staff may become impatient with the elderly and lash out in physical violence toward them. Since the elderly cannot defend themselves, they may feel as if they have no way out of this abuse. If you notice signs of harm then contact authorities immediately. Caretakers may also neglect to keep up sanitation which can leave the elderly living in an unsanitary atmosphere that can make them ill. Caretakers may even verbally threaten their patients or neglect them, which can constitute emotional and psychological abuse. If you notice signs of any of these types of abuse, contact the authorities immediately and get in touch with an elder abuse lawyer from our firm.