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Elder Abuse & Neglect

| October 22, 2018

For anyone who has an elderly loved one, nursing home neglect is a real concern. As many as 95% of residents in nursing homes or long-term care facilities report some forms of abuse every year. The severity and types of elder abuse range from neglect, where basic needs are not being met, to actual willful abuse where a caregiver causes physical harm or injury.

Finding a caring trustworthy nursing care facility can be daunting and loved ones may not even know what constitutes neglect or abuse. If a facility or caregiver fails to care for the medical needs of a resident the consequences can be severe. Caregivers must make sure residents are getting their proper medications, assist those with mobility issues and provide food, water and a clean environment for people in their care. Neglect can lead to infections, bedsores, mal-nutrition and more.

In additions to basic medical care, caregivers must provide adequate assistance with bathing and personal hygiene needs, and provide emotional support. It is not uncommon for staff members to ignore elderly residents, leaving them isolated and alone for long periods of time.

If your loved one is being neglected, it might not be obvious to detect. Symptoms of caregiver abuse can be very subtle. Many nursing home patients don’t see loved ones on a regular basis and those who do, may not be able to communicate their abuse to their visitors. If you have a loved one in the care of a nursing home, assisted living facility, or being looked after by a caregiver, here are some things you can look for to detect abuse and neglect.

  • Weight loss – This can happen to those who have mobility issues or unable to feed themselves without assistance
  • Bedsores or frequent infections
  • Changes in appearance or personal hygiene
  • Loss of interest in social interactions with their fellow nursing facility residents
  • Bruises or unexplained injuries
  • Changes in behavior
  • Emotional distress
  • Suddenly refusing to communicate
  • Dehydration
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Dangerous living conditions and health hazards

Unfortunately, the elderly who are living with neglect or abuse by a caregiver are at greater risk for significant illnesses, infections, depression, loneliness, injuries and even death. It is the responsibility of the nursing home or care giver to provide adequate care, and for those with higher risk, additional care is essential.

Caring for the elderly or those who can no longer care for themselves without assistance needs to be a shared effort between caregivers and loved ones. Many times, nursing home facilities are understaffed and good caring employees can be hard to find. Studies suggest that those in need of assisted living fair much better when they have frequent friends and family that visit and are less likely to suffer neglect or abuse.

Do you, or a loved one, require assistance with activities of daily living? Do you need extra help with household chores and other housekeeping tasks? Are you in need of supportive hospice assistance? Whether you need assistance on an hourly basis, or if you are looking for 24/7 support, Adele’s Caring Angels Caregiver Service LLC. is here to meet your needs.

At Adele’s Caring Angels Caregiver Service LLC., we provide comprehensive non-medical home care services that are delivered by highly trained and compassionate caregivers. We take the time to understand your situation, and from there, we provide you with the personalized services and support that you and your family need.

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