Nursing Home Neglect

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Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Even though many of us may have to struggle with putting a loved one into a skilled nursing facility, there comes a time when elders can no longer take care of themselves due to physical, emotional or mental problems. Skilled nursing facilities can provide a wide range of personal care and health services so when you’re deciding on a health care facility for them, don’t settle for anything but the best. One bad judgment call and your loved ones could end up being victims of abuse. Many families lose their loved ones every year as a result of nursing home abuse and according to the best available estimates, between one and two million Americans age sixty five or older have been injured, exploited or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection (National center on elder abuse, 2011).

Nursing home abuse and negligence is any physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, or financial abuse perpetrated against residents of a residential care facility. Since surveillance is limited and the problem remains greatly hidden it is very difficult to know exactly how many older Americans are abused, neglected, or exploited. According to the best available estimates, between one and two million Americans age sixty or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection (National center on elder abuse, 2011). It doesn't take just one sign to indicate abuse. Abuse signs to look for are bruises, pressure marks, broken bone, unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse. Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse. Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation. Bedsores, unattended
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