What is Elder AbuseEvery year, tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused in his or her homes, in relative??™s homes, and even facilities responsible for his or her care. They may suspect that an elderly person could be being physically or emotionally harmed by a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver or being preyed upon financially. .Example: When walking up the street there is an elderly person with his or her mail, a noticeable black and blue mark is on the cheek they may not see or hear well or think as clearly as he or she used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them. Mental or physical ailments may make them more trying companions for the people who live with them. Tens of thousands of seniors across the United States being abused by people put in charge of their welfare.
More than half a million reports of abuse against and elderly person reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unknown (www.ncea.aoa.gov) (Placeholder1).There have been identified six types of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, neglect and abandonment by caregivers, financial exploitations, and health care fraud, and abuse. Signs and symptoms of elder abuse at first may not be recognizable or taken seriously, thinking they are dementia, or signs of fragility, caregivers may explain it this way.
In fact, many of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse do overlap with symptoms of mental deterioration, but that doesn??™t mean they should dismiss them on the caregiver??™s word (www.helpguide.org).The warning signs of abuse are frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and the elderly person, changes in personality, was the person usually talkative, outgoing, and warm, now to be cautious, afraid, and standoffish. These are signs of abuse. Unexplained signs of injury such as a visible bruise, welts, and scars they didn??™t have before maybe sytemmetrically on both sides of the body.
Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations are visible signs of abuse. Being refused to spend time alone with an elderly person is a sign of possible abuseEmotional abuse is threatening, belittling, are signs of a controlling caregiver behavior that could be witnessed. Also behavior that mimics dementia such as rocking back and forth likes a young child sucking his or her thumbs or mumbling to oneself.Sexual abuse is a number one crime against elderly women, signs such as bruises around breast or genitals on men. Unexplained venereal diseases or genital infections, unexplained bleeding from the vagina or anal bleeding, torn, stained, or bloody underclothing. Unexplained bleeding could also be an underlying medical condition.
Neglect by caregivers or self-neglect are signs of abuse and also dementia when the elderly person is living alone and no one is assigned to look after his or her well being. Living in unsanitary living conditions, with bugs, dirt, soiled bedding, and clothes, being left dirty, and not bathed are neglect by caregiver. Is he or she left with unsuitable clothing for the weather, does he or she has running water: are he or she left alone for hours maybe days, in an unheated home no electricity.
Could they been left at a public place with out a sign of any one he or she knowFinancial exploitations happens daily to the elderly especially significant withdrawals from bank accounts changes in financial condition, items stolen or missing from his or her homes, has someone possibly talked them in to changing his or her wills, insurance policies, added a unknown name or an known name to this or her bank signature card Bills being left unpaid, lack of medical care things an assigned caregiver was responsible for.Healthcare fraud is a number one abuse today, Duplicate billings for the same medical procedure service or device, evidence of overmedication, or under medication. Excessive medical bills saying bills were not paid when they were paid in full. Problems with the care facility: poorly trained, poorly paid, or insufficient staff. Overcrowding in nursing homes, inadequate response to questions about the care given to the elderly person are signs of abuse and neglect.Several factors regarding elders themselves, although,??? they don??™t excuse abuse, influence whether they are at greater risk for abuse, the intensity of an elderly person??™s illness or dementia, Social isolation: of the elder and the caregiver are alone together almost the time.
The elder??™s role, at an earlier time, as an abusive parent or spouse, a history of domestic violence in the home, also the elders own tendency toward verbal and physical aggression can cause caregivers pushed beyond their capabilities or psychological resources to yell at strike or ignore the needs of the elders in their care. This does not excuse the abuse in anyway; it is just factors that show why some abuse is committed daily and not being seen or reported.Elderly people have the right to be treated with dignity to be secure in his or her home without fear of abuse. Living in a world of perfection would be ideal, in which he or she could live.