Feb 28, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Riverside and Corona
A recent report came out about nursing homes across the country sedating their dementia residents with medication to make them easier to deal with.
If this upsets you, you’re not alone. It technically classifies as abuse, yet these facilities are able to get away with such actions because the government so poorly regulates them.
This raises the question: in what other ways can seniors be abused?
It’s important to know that generally, seniors experience more than one form of abuse at a time. It is therefore vital to know what these forms of abuse are:
Symptoms in seniors can be physical and mental. Senior bodies are frailer, so they’re more likely to show obvious signs of physical abuse or neglect. For example, common signs are:
Signs of emotional abuse can range from depression, to withdrawing from loved ones, to physically witnessing a caregiver verbally yelling at your senior. Any changes in your senior’s personality or mannerisms in general should be cause for concern.
Signs of theft and financial abuse include drastic changes in your loved one’s finances, or gradual decreases in funds over time. Things from their home may begin to disappear over time, as well.
For starters, if your senior, yourself, or anyone else is in immediate harm, call 911. You can also call if you’re unsure of what to do and don’t feel safe handling the situation yourself.
If your senior’s nursing home, assisted living facility, or wherever else they may be institutionalized is committing the abuse, you may talk to someone higher up if you feel comfortable doing that, or if you suspect they are involved, call 911.
Whenever you suspect elder abuse but are not in immediate harm’s way, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline a 1-800-799-7233. Take your suspicions seriously; it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry, especially for your senior’s sake.