Elder Abuse Cases Reported Each Year:
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Placing a family member in a nursing home can be difficult and painful.
Neglect — Neglect is most often identified by injuries. These can be minor cuts and bruises. Sometimes more severe injuries, like unexplained falling incidents or bed sores. Victims may also be unshaven, dirty, or in soiled old clothing. Neglect can lead to victims being ill from repeat infections. Conditions normally controlled with medication might resurface.
Physical abuse —Physical and sexual abuse can be hard to spot. It most often encompasses more severe injuries. Especially, injuries that can’t be explained as normal illness or occurrences. Pronounced injuries like bruises, head injuries, or genital injuries are suspect. It’s best to consult with outside resources right away.
Emotional abuse — Emotional abuse usually manifests as mental symptoms in the elderly. Nursing home staff might be verbally aggressive. Threats, humiliation, shouting, and manipulation are common tactics. Passive forms of emotional abuse may also occur. Ignoring the victim for long periods of time. Or, punishing them by isolating them from other people.
Financial abuse — Financial abuse can be obvious stealing of a victim’s assets. Bank accounts may fluctuate or empty unexpectedly. Valuables may disappear from the victim’s room or home. In many cases, other forms of financial abuse are indirect. Phone scams, phishing, or unneeded policies taken out in the victim’s name.