Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

859 WordsFeb 18, 20183 Pages
Do you have a loved one in a nursing home? Imagine if your grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, mom, dad or other loved one was being abused. How would this make you feel? Abuse does not necessarily mean physical abuse (hitting, scratching, pulling hair, etc.). Other types of abuse include sexual, neglect, exploitation, emotional, abandonment, and self-neglect. Sexual abuse refers to sexual contact of any kind without permission neglect is not providing food, health care, shelter or anything needed to live for vulnerable elder persons. Illegal taking or misuse of the elder’s property is called exploitation. Emotional abuse is the humiliation, threatening, or insulting (verbally or nonverbally) of an elder. Deserting of a vulnerable elder by a person who is responsible for them is called abandonment. While visiting loved ones in a facility or at home there are several warning signs of abuse to be aware of. Bruises, abrasions, broken bones, cuts and burns can all be signs of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment. Signs of emotional abuse include suddenly not going to activities, sudden change of alertness, or sudden unexplained depression. Bruises or marks around breasts or genital areas are telltale signs of sexual abuse. Sudden financial strain may be the result of exploitation. Bedsores, unintended medical care, poor hygiene and sudden weight loss can be a result of neglect. Be alert, if you notice any of these signs, or a sudden change in behavior or personality in your

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