Institutional Abuse Ireland

As our population in general gets older, we have to become more cognisant of the need for appropriate care for the older members of our family.

Unfortunately however, not all care homes are set up to the same standard and unless standards improve and measures to tackle elder abuse are introduced, we could be witnessing an increase in elder abuse that puts the older generation at unnecessary risk.

Institutional Abuse Ireland

What is Elder Abuse?

Late in 2015, figures were released revealing that Gardaí received over 700 complaints about the ill-treatment of elderly and mentally disabled patients/clients in nursing homes.

In the Republic of Ireland the definition of elder abuse is outlined by the Working Group on Elder Abuse in 2002:

“A single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress in an older person or violates their human and civil rights.”

Categories of Institutional Abuse Ireland:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect and acts of omission
  • Discriminatory abuse
  • Financial or material abuse

An experienced solicitor will handle your claim and for damages against health care professionals for personal injury and loss.


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What type of situation warrants a claim being taken for Institutional Abuse in Ireland?

Some examples of neglectful experiences dealt with in the past include the following:

The provision of liquids

In certain instances, patients/clients of a nursing home do not have a desire to drink as much as a younger person. Similarly they may not have the mobility to go and get liquids for themselves and are therefore more at risk of dehydration which can lead to falls, urinary tract infections or reduction in blood pressure.

Social neglect

Residents can be left in their room where they do not have access to social interaction with others (through no fault or desire of their own). The lack of interaction with others can result in onset of depression which can compound to further isolation and even death.

Medication errors

Nursing homes are left open to a lot of room for error as they are usually dealing with a large number of patients with varying dosages and prescriptions. Over-medication can have fatal consequences and similarly under-treatment can have the same adverse effect.


Nursing home practices vary from a toileting schedule regardless of whether a patient requires to use the bathroom, to the opposite end of the scale whereby ‘accidents’ happen due to a patient not reaching the bathroom in time, and they end up requiring nappies which can leave residents in a soiled condition for extended periods of time leading to rashes and urine damaged skin.

Contact ROSALegal for compassionate legal advice

We appreciate and understand the difficulties you may face if you have been a victim of institutional abuse (at any age) and the subsequent anxiety and fear you may have in processing a claim. We can offer assurance that we deal with every query with the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity and pursue each case with professionalism and urgency.


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