If you have ended up reading this blog post there is a good chance a loved one has become a victim of of nursing home neglect or elder abuse. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and abandonment. While most people associate elder abuse with nursing home, assisted living and elder care facility staff members, the National Center of Elder Abuse estimates that in roughly 60% of the incidents, the perpetrator is a family member.
Types of Elder Abuse
- Physical abuse – inflicting physical pain or injury upon an elder
- Sexual abuse – touching, fondling, intercourse, or any other sexual activity with an elder without consent
- Emotional abuse – verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment, or intimidation on an elder
- Confinement – restraining or isolating an elder other than for medical reasons
- Passive neglect – failure to provide an elder with life’s necessities, i.e. food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc
- Willful deprivation – denying an elder physical assistance that exposes him or her to the risk of physical, mental, or emotional harm
- Financial exploitation – misusing or withholding an elder’s resources
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