Abuse can often times be an ambiguous type of situation. There is no doubt that the elderly is vulnerable and at the mercy of their caregivers. However, there are ways that you can prove that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or is residing in a nursing home where abuse takes place. An additional problem is that different states in the US have different definitions of what constitutes nursing home abuse. Nursing home inhabitants in New York have favorable rights for nursing home abuse victims, but unfortunately negligence in nursing homes is still a big problem in New York City.