Nursing home abuse is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Find out what the warning signs are.
Nursing home abuse is on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent study found that only 1 in 14 incidents of elder abuse are reported. How would you know if a family member was being abused in a nursing home?
Your mother has been in a nursing home for about a year. This was a difficult decision, but after discussing the possibility with her, you both agreed this was the right choice. She adjusted to the new environment quickly, and everything seemed to be going well. Then you started noticing a change in her personality. Your mom has always been a friendly and social person, but within the last month, she began to become distant and withdrawn.
You wonder if something is wrong. Is she behaving differently because she’s getting older, or is there another reason? Some people become more vulnerable to bullying and abuse as they age. It’s more difficult to stand up for yourself as you become frail. Many people in a long-term care facility are reluctant to tell family members they are being abused because they are afraid of retaliation from the abuser.
If you have a family member in a nursing home and you notice changes in their personality, you should look into the possibility of abuse. Below are some of the signs of elder abuse.
As people age, certain emotional changes can take place. Some people start to feel depressed as they age or develop health issues like dementia that can cause changes in behavior. A doctor can determine whether your family member is exhibiting behavior due to age or health-related issues.
If your loved one is showing signs and symptoms of nursing abuse without an underlying physical cause, you should be concerned. Elder abuse is very serious and can lead to severe injuries and death.