You may also see cuts on an individual from self harming, inappropriate sexual behaviour and could lead to repeated urinary infections. There could also be signs of depression, loss of self esteem and self confidence, withdrawn from things and a loss of interest, insecurity and not being able to trust people as a result of financial abuse. Unkempt appearance, loss of weight, dehydration and not looking presentable can be forms of neglect. 1.3 There are factors contributing to an individual being more vulnerable to abuse the individuals age could be a factor if they are elderly or a young person and they cannot
People do not want to be around someone who smells badly or is not clean. Poor hygiene is known to have health effects as well. Poor personal hygiene can lead to problems with both appearance and health. Failure to maintain adequate personal hygiene can result in illnesses of all kinds. The breakdown of skin, ulcers, sores & boils.
We can get frustrated, angry and at times be extra sensitive to criticism which can make us become very defensive. Some common signs of stress are lack of concentration, insomnia or sleep pattern change (too much or not enough) muscle tension, headaches and aches and pains. More severe symptoms if stressed for a considerable amount of time can lead to high blood pressure or strain to the heart (which could even lead to heart attacks). Some people when stressed will turn to alcohol, smoking, drinking caffeine or eating excessively. We can gain or lose weight through excessive worrying.
1.1 Continence is the voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge. Some individuals in the care home or any other health care setting find it difficult to manage continence and therefore express urine on themselves. Whilst this can be depressing for them, they have no control over their discharge because they are either weak or unable to hold it in for too long or suffer from a particular condition that does not allow them to be aware of it. This can affect the self esteem of an individual negatively. It might also mean that they cannot perform their daily activities in the health care setting.
There is an increased risk of non-compliance due to: lack of insight, side effects and subjective response to medication. Lastly, a significant problem is substance use. Substance use/abuse can lead to an exacerbation of psychotic symptoms and suppression of the effect of antipsychotic medication. Barkhof et al. (2006) states that substance abuse frequently leads to conflict with family members, causing higher levels of expressed emotions, equaling a psychotic relapse.
Self-harm has many long term affects which can be very serious. If a person is misusing substances, they may become dependent on it, and suffer symptoms when they do not take any of the substance. It may also affect an adult’s mental health, leaving psychological and emotional scars, because they have felt so worthless and poorly of themselves that they will always carry this memory with them. If the adult was cutting themselves or burning themselves, they will carry scars from this. These scars may lower self-esteem in the long term as the individual may feel ashamed, also other people may see these scars causing embarrassment or bringing up bad memories so they can never forget.
If an individual’s communication needs are not met then all aspects of their daily life can be affected such as not being able to communicate you are well and get help. This could be more severe in the case of abuse whereby the individual can’t communicate effectively to alert others if they are being abused and can be vulnerable to abuse. The result could also put others in dangers for example if a person’s communication needs were not met and they discovered a fire they would not be able to report it quickly which would put others in danger. It would also impact other rights such as those covered by the GSCC’s codes of practice which include; diversity, equality, control, dignity, effective communication, risks, safety and security. These would be infringed because the individual would not be able to effectively communication their opinions or views in relation to these rights.
Human beings are prone to judge and assess each other and even ourselves. Judgement has a negative effect not only on the victim but also you. Some of the horrible affects that judgement has is anxiety, anger and torment which all lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. In the worst case scenario judgement could lead to suicide. By saying this, judgement prevents you from living a healthy lifestyle that is full of joy, happiness and peace (Thaik, 2013).
Discriminatory practice can have a very negative effect on people because it could hurt their feelings or even some types of discrimination can physically hurt them. All different types of discrimination can lead to someone not using health and social care services and this could lead to poorer health. The impact that discrimination has on everybody involved is very big and can affect people in many different ways. Service users who are discriminated against by their service provider may feel disempowered, feel less powerful or loss of confidence meaning the individual’s sadness will occur because of the feeling of neglect, anxiety and they will finally disengage and withdraw from others. The individual who is being discriminated against may feel depressed because they have lost the fight against
The risk of elder abuse becomes even greater when the caregiver is responsible for an older person who is sick or is physically or mentally impaired. Caregivers in such stressful situations often feel trapped and hopeless and are unaware of available resources and assistance. If they have no skills for managing difficult behaviors, caregivers can find themselves using physical force. Particularly with a lack of resources, neglectful situations can