One of the most heart-wrenching decisions that can be made for an elderly loved one is placing them in a nursing home or assisted living facility. It is a very common decision that millions of families must face each year. These families must consider placing a loved parent or grandparent in a facility in which their medical needs and day-to-day living needs can be met with the help of qualified professionals. It would be nice to think that those entrusted with the health, and livelihood of our loved ones will provide the same standard we would have provided our loved ones with. But, unfortunately this is not the case. In fact, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway even commissioned a report on nursing home abuse and neglect in an attempt to thwart elder abuse in nursing homes.
Conway report states “it is estimated that 5 million seniors are abused each year in the United States, and that 84% of all elder abuse cases are never reported to authorities.” Research even suggests that abused elders tend to die earlier than seniors who are well cared for, even in the absence of life-threatening and chronic conditions.
Types and Indicators of Elder Abuse
While physical abuse is the most prevalent type of elder abuse, senior citizens are also suffering emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Abuse is the intentional infliction of injury or pain and includes physical, mental, verbal, psychological, sexual, unreasonable seclusion, intimidation, etc. It should be noted that more than one form of abuse might be occurring at the same time. (Definitions and indicators of abuse and neglect are referenced in Jack Conway’s report linked above )
►Physical abuse from a staff member, other resident, or an intruder or visitor from outside the facility can include:
- bruises from careless transfers
- broken bones
- rough handling during caregiving, medicine administration or moving a resident
►Psychological, emotional or verbal abuse is the infliction of mental pain or anguish which is caused by:
- cursing the resident
- threats of punishment or deprivation
- demeaning or controlling behavior
►Sexual abuse—including improper touching or coercion to perform sexual acts when resident does not give or is not capable of giving consent which may be noted by:
- unexplained injury, redness or bruising to private parts or mouth
- expressions of fear toward a particular person
- medical finding of sexually transmitted disease
- sudden unexplained onset of urinary tract infections
- unexplained shame, fear or embarrassment
- allegations of abuse made by the victim
Some facilities try to swindle elders out of their money by announcing they have won a “prize,” or by promoting phony charities and shady investment opportunities. If your elderly loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of their caretaker, you may have a valid legal claim. We are there to help.
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