For many families, pursuing the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is an intimidating feat. Many people are aware of various elderly abuse incidents associated with nursing home facilities. For example, there are instances in which residents of nursing homes have endured broken bones, bruises, financial ruin, inadequate nursing care, threats, and more while in the care of nursing home professionals.
It is 100% possible for a person to continue living a healthy and safe life after transitioning into a nursing home; however, there is always a chance elderly abuse might occur. There are multiple types of elderly abuse, which include: physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuses, in addition to neglect, the most common type of elderly abuse. And when it comes to nursing homes and elderly abuse, there are a number of myths surrounding the subject.
Myth #1: Victims of Nursing Home Abuse are Mentally Incompetent
Many times elderly abuse is thought to occur most often to elderly people who are mentally incompetent, meaning the victims are unaware of what is happening to them and might be unable to speak up about what is taking place; however, many victims of elderly abuse have completely intact minds. In some circumstances, victims’ bodies might be weak or disabled, but in the majority of situations people who endure elderly abuse know what is happening to them. Unfortunately, many times victims of elderly abuse are held back by fear or other reasons that make them refrain from reporting incidents of abuse.
Myth #2: If there are No Visible Signs of Abuse, There is No Abuse
When people think “abuse” an idea of bruises, cuts, scrapes or broken bones frequently comes to mind as well; however, elderly abuse is oftentimes not physical. Elderly abuse also comes in the form of financial and emotional abuse, and there is such a thing as “invisible” signs of abuse.
Myth #3: Elderly Abuse Only Happens to Women
2 out of 3 nursing home residents are female, so it is natural to think that women are the most common victims of elderly abuse in nursing homes. In fact, women are the most common victims of physical elderly abuse; however, male residents are also susceptible to physical abuse, in addition to the various types of elderly abuse. The bottom line: any resident in a nursing home can fall victim to elderly abuse.
Myth #4: There’s Nothing to Do if Nursing Home Staff Mistreat My Loved One
Most nursing homes receive internal quality assurance checks and are observed by state agencies. Nursing home facilities are inspected and monitored frequently. Therefore, if you suspect elderly abuse is taking place, do not ignore or hesitate to bring your concerns to an administrator or higher-up employee in the nursing home. It is his or her job to make sure each resident is taken care of properly.
Before committing to a nursing home facility, families should research the facility thoroughly by considering its policies, staff, current residents, and feel. Moreover, once your loved one is living in the nursing home, visit him or her frequently and pay attention to his or her physical and emotional well being. Changes might be a sign of abuse.
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If you ever suspect elderly abuse, contact authorities and notify a person in an administrative position of the nursing home. If in need of a personal injury lawyer with extensive knowledge of cases involving nursing home abuse, consider Eric J. Hertz. Reach out to our team with any questions by calling 404-577-8111 or by filling out our online contact form.