A Is for Abuse: What to Do when It Happens to You

Maybe not the most pleasant topic, but one we will cover anyway, because abuse starts with the letter A, and the letter A is my bae. 

Today, we’re mostly focused on abuse that could happen in a nursing home. Nursing homes were designed to be safe havens for elderly adults who can no longer take care of themselves.

Aging affects everyone at different rates. People enter nursing homes for a variety of reasons. Some, because they can’t physically care for themselves. Others, because they are cognitively unable to care for themselves. All elderly individuals deserve to be treated with respect and compassion, but that doesn’t mean every nursing home protects the elders in their care.

Why Abuse Occurs in Nursing Homes

There may always be people who would prey upon the weak, and nursing homes are no different. However, nursing home directors could prevent elder abuse by implementing policies designed to protect their residents. Many family members of elders who’ve suffered abuse have even considered suing a nursing home for what their family member endured.

If you’re considering suing for abuse, you should know that you have that right.

Abuse occurs in nursing homes because elderly adults aren’t able to defend themselves. However, you can defend them and you can watch out for signs of abuse before it’s too late.

Types of Elder Abuse

Several types of elder abuse exist, and abuse is defined based on the behavior. For instance, if an elder is sexually assaulted, this form of abuse is called sexual abuse. If an elder is physically assaulted, this type of abuse is called physical abuse.

A few other types of abuse are as follows:

  • Financial exploitation
  • Neglect and mistreatment
  • Emotional and mental abuse

Signs of Elder Abuse 

Watching out for the signs of elder abuse could protect your loved one before they are harmed, or in the early stages of abuse. The only thing worse than being abused is suffering long-term abuse. Here are a few signs of elder abuse:

  • Physical – scratches, cuts, lacerations, bruises, broken bones
  • Sexual – torn clothing, bleeding, behavioral signs, bruises
  • Neglect – dirty clothing, disheveled appearance, bed sores, weight loss
  • Emotional – changes in mood, changes in behavior, depression, anxiety
  • Financial – unexplained changes in bank accounts, changes to important documents

See You Later, Alligator

Although abuse isn’t a fun topic, it’s an important one to discuss. No one deserves to be abused, especially not elders and children who can’t fight back. Now you know you can protect yourself or a loved one by watching for the signs of abuse. You can also file a nursing home abuse lawsuit against the abuser and others who might be responsible.

Visit us again soon for our next topic that starts with the letter A.