Elderly Abuse in Long Term Care

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Abstract “In the U.S. alone, more than half a million reports of abuse against elderly Americans reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported.” (www.helpguide.org/mental/elder_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm) Our senior citizens eventually become feeble physically which means they are less likely to have the capability to fight off an attacker. Majority of elderly do not see, hear or think as soundly as they once had the competence to do, this leaves them vulnerable for immoral people to take full advantage of them. Elderly are being abused more than we know and often by those who are personably accountable for their care. Sadly, majority of the abuse comes directly from family members of the elderly patient. In 2010 according to research about ninety percent were family members of the person in need of care. This includes adult children, adult grandchildren and even spouses or partners of the individual. Elderly abuse can be classified as deliberate actions that can or will cause harm to a susceptible elder by either a caregiver or people who hold special trust relationships to them. Any act of failure to satisfy the basic needs or protection from harm required by the elderly. According to a study on elderly abuse, female elders receive abuse at a higher rate than males and that the older elders are more probable to the abuse. (National Center on Elder Abuse, Westat, Inc. (1998). The national elder abuse incidence study: Final report. Washington D.C.: Authors) This paper contains information on elderly abuse which takes place inside of long term care facilities as well as the patient’s home. It will explain the different types of abuse that take place and who are more likely to commit each type of abuse. There are many policies that are put in place to protect the elders. One such policy is the Older Americans Act

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