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How To Prevent Elder Abuse In The Hospital Or Senior Care

Updated on May 28, 2011

What We Don't Know About Elder Abuse Will Hurt Them

I would like to say that all medical personnel are professional and caring,and for the most part they are... However there are many episodes of elder abuse and abuse in hospital to helpless patients.

We don't want to believe bad things can go on but they do. The hospitals are for the most part understaffed with nurses and doctors. The amount of work and hours that they put in can cause fatigue and will directly effect the care the patients receive.

I am not saying that all over worked medical professionals are careless and insensitive but sometimes things happen. People are human and all don't live by kinder and gentler rules when dealing with strangers. Some see there jobs with people just as jobs and could care less about your emotional well being while in their care.

I and many others can think back when we may have been in a hospital and met the one nurse or nurses assistant that we didn't want to come back. Just imagine being totally helpless, in pain, and not able to talk. Your nurse sees you lips dry and does not offer water. You need pain medication and they don't give it to you but move you around as if you have no feelings.......

Well this happened to my father and will not happen again. I am able to stay with him and meet his care takers. Incidentally I was in his room when his nurse came in an aggressively asked him why he buzzed her three times. She was not aware I was in the room until seconds later.

She of course was surprised and also could not explain why he was allowed to be in pain after his surgery the same day.I raised hell after witnessing his neglect and was appalled at the treatment he was receiving.

Of course the nurses and other caretakers are great now. But why the issues before I was came? These same wonderful people are the ones that made him feel so terrible are now the ones that rush down to him with pain medication at pre-scheduled times when he is in therapy or x rays.

How To Protect From Elder Abuse When Family Member Is In Adult Care

What To Do On Your Visits A

  • Stay in touch with caretakers.
  • Ask questions with concern about medical care.
  • Visit weekly on different days and different times.
  • Ask practitioners about patients health status.

Your presence is the one thing that will help stop your family member from being neglected or abused. Only you can prevent this. You and family and friends must take turns keeping a united front at senior facilities or were ever your elder family member is spending a large amount of time.

What To Do On Your Visits B

While visiting you can pass times by looking at family photos, reading the loved ones favorite book or newspaper. The elderly are filled with so much knowledge pick their brains while your able to. Find out how they coped with issues when they where your age. The time you spend can prove to be priceless to your and them.

  • Read Favorite Books/Newspaper
  • Grooming
  • Foot Massage
  • Share Photos
  • Games
  • Watch Movies

FYI: Find out what grooming needs they have or snack the long for. Clipping toenails or a favorite snack are a delicacy when your can attain them yourself.

Everyone of us can be in this situation. Do your part to prevent elder abuse from happening in your circle of family and friends. What we don't know will hurt them.


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    • Elearn4Life profile image

      Darlene Matthews 7 years ago

      I am so sorry for your loss and hope you don't mind me sharing this sorry with others.

      God Bless

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      kk 7 years ago

      I was with my mom for hours each day.They still gave her drugs to make her stay in her wheel chair which she hated and these drugs helped lead her to her death.All elders do not need to be in a wheel chair.If they literally can not walk due to severe pain or arthritis then maybe this is possible.They should still have them do physical therapy and exercises and maybe at least do some walking with help. When they are drugged the staff can get them to stay in wheel chairs so they do not fall over from the drugs.Drugs will do that to a person every time especially an elder.It is so much easier for the staff to wear house people like this. It is just terrible how they take a person who is very capable of walking and force them to live out the rest of their lives in a wheel chair and diapers.How humiliating is that? They drug them so they will stay in their wheel chair and use the diapers instead of the restroom even if they are able to do so on their own or if they need help. That should be an elders right. Often elders are striped of these very basic rights when entering a nursing home. My mom did not want the drugs either since she had never used them in the past and she had a terrible reaction to them partly due to her age.She hated being drugged. She just wanted to be able to walk and enjoy working out in her yard and live out the rest of her life at her own home without being killed off by dangerous drugs and being forced to live in a nursing home. She was doing fine with me at her home. It seems now days when a loved one lives in a nursing home you or someone you trust should always be with a person in the nursing home They should never be left alone. The minute you turn your back drugs are given. How do you think everyone in wheel chairs stays calm especially if they are used to an active lifestyle such as my mom was. The staff needs to drug them with dangerous drugs for that to happen. Sometimes the drugs will make their behavior change such as confusion or aggression and the staff can just blame that on dementia never the drugs fault. Then the family is told that the elder is deteriorating and getting more confused until they die.The family often believes that the elder died from natural causes. I wonder just how many times that has happened I believe much more times then we would like to think. Consumers beware

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      Darlene Matthews 7 years ago

      Thank you for your comment onegoodwoman. Each visit helps the elderly and keeps the staff more alert. It doesn't have to be a family member. Visit a neighbor that has been hospitalized. Every visit counts.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      That is some very sound advice. I have cooked in nursing homes and have seen people go months without a visitor......

      Getting to know the entire staff is important, we each build bonds with various people. Just because the cook or the secretary or the dishwasher does not provide intimate care, does not mean that they do not interact with your loved one.

      I thank you for this hub! It is time we give our attention to the elderly and disabled.