The abuse of elderly individuals while they are under the care of nursing homes or other caregivers is an astonishingly common occurrence. Simply assuming that because someone is being paid to care for your loved one, they will do a good job of it, is unfortunately a mistake made by thousands of people every year.
A congressional report released in 2001 showed that as many as one in every three nursing homes were cited for abuse violations within a two year span. Abuse of individuals in nursing homes often goes unreported. Oftentimes, the victims are afraid to speak up against inappropriate actions for fear of further abuse.
However, an increasingly common reason for the lack of reported instances of nursing home abuse is the victim’s mental state. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects as many as 5.2 million Americans and causes forgetfulness and confusion. As a result, abuse victims may not understand what is going on around them.
It’s important to stay close to your aging loved ones when the decision to put them in an elder care facility has been made. This can help you ensure that they are being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve in their twilight years.