Abuse is a serious issue and when it comes to the elderly, you'd be surprised how often they are the victims. Why? Because they are the least likely to fight back!
Physical abuse is the act of hurting someone physically. This could mean hitting, punching or kicking someone, or it could mean neglect and lack of care.
Sexual abuse is the act of giving someone sexual attention that they do not want. This is a problem in nursing homes as the elderly often cannot defend themselves.
Psychological abuse is the act of screaming, shouting or humiliating someone to the point where they feel shame.
Financial abuse is the act of taking advantage of someone’s financial matters, such as stealing. This could be by directly stealing from them or stealing from their bank account.
Signs of nursing home abuse may include:
-- Broken bones or fractures
-- Bruising, cuts or welts
-- Bed sores
-- Frequent infections
-- Signs of Dehydration
-- Mood swings and emotional outbursts
-- Reclusiveness or refusal to speak
-- Refusal to eat or take medications
-- Unexplained weight loss
-- Poor physical appearance or lack of cleanliness
-- Changes in mental status
-- Caregivers that do not want patient to be left alone with others
Signs like these should be investigated, even if a person has not been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is better to be safe then sorry!