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How To Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse - Another Disturbing Elder Abuse Story - Learn How To Reduce Elder Ab

Updated on December 30, 2013

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How To Report Elder Abuse

Standing up for someone that is being abused can be unsettling because you are faced with something shocking. It is important for you to treat this the same as you would a child was being abused.

You stop the offender and get help right away. Embarrassment and decorum is irrelevant in this situation. There are agencies that will step in and do a full investigation

  • At the first signs of elder abuse you should report it to the director of the facility; and if you can remove the patient immediately from the facility.
  • Call local elder abuse agency or police (documentation) if you are witnessing the offense. In the USA, visit or call 1-800-677-1116 911, 000 or 999
  • Contact a elder abuse lawyer that specializes in these cases to compensate the victim if this situation is actual

How To Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Elderly Abuse

It is important to recognize what abuse is when we see it. Talking to the patient is very important to understand if there is actually abuse taking place. You must know how to communicate with elderly that can not speak and visit them often.

  • Neglect,
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Money exploitation

Signs of Abuse

It is important to pick up on changes in your elderly family member during phone calls and visits. If there is conflicts with staff members you should know who they are and why this is happening.

  • Frighten
  • Angry
  • Not eating
  • Accidents
  • Withdrawn
  • Not talking
  • No money
  • Bruises
  • Over medicated
  • Conflict with staff
  • Broken bones
  • Visit refusals
  • Personality Changes
  • Marks for restraints
  • Identity theft.
  • Reduction in funds

I write this article about Nursing Home Malpractice and Elder Abuse and in the hopes that others will help with their elderly parents and make preparation for their senior years.

Our seniors are our baby boomers, which means there are more of them than ever before in history.

Statistic shows that 80,000 seniors will be turning 65 everyday for the next 14 to 15 years. So with overcrowding in senior facilities this problem can explode.

I was told this disturbing account of parents last days. It is imperative that you oversee the care your elders are receiving as often as you can. Make arrangements with siblings or other family members for visits. There is no excuse for abandonment that can lead to depression and inadvertently, neglect.

Please read on...


Drug Use In The Nursing Home

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 cannot 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 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 or 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 than we would like to think. Consumers beware of drug use before putting elderly parents in nursing homes.

I hope this story has opened a few eyes and hearts up. Everyone knows a elderly person. Don't forget to visit and ask questions. You will be surprised how a few visits can keep over worked or lazy senior care staff on their toes.

Some elderly have made bad choices or for no fault of their own have been abandoned by their families. This is no excuse not to be concerned, even for a stranger. The most ornery person doesn't deserve bad treatment. If we all do a little we can put a dent in elder abuse.

If an elderly person has been abused or mistreated by you, you should consider the stiff penalties, your career and your seniors years. There is no tolerance for elder abuse and no one gets away.

We attract what we give energy and focus too. Seniors, children and the mentally disturbed are our protected society. We have to protect them because they precious and our responsibility.

We Can Reduce Elder Abuse and Neglect Together

Visit loved ones to keep them happy and hopeful. Learn how to report elder abuse before it happens. Stay prepared.
Visit loved ones to keep them happy and hopeful. Learn how to report elder abuse before it happens. Stay prepared.

It is only fair that I tell you that there are many wonderful and caring retirement homes to choose from but to prevent neglect it is just best to visit your loved ones often and participate in the care they are receiving by reading them their favorite books, sharing family news and just to show them you care.

It is inevitable for us to become seniors and have to depend on others. Practice giving the same care you expect from others to your loved ones today. We can reduce the elder abuse together.


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    • Elearn4Life profile image

      Darlene Matthews 7 years ago

      Your welcomed. Here is the link to the hub.

      I hope hubpages doesn't take it down for duplicating your response.

    • K. Burns Darling profile image

      Kristen Burns-Darling 7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you so much for your kind words... I don't see myself as doing anything super heroic, it is a personal choice, and I made that choice based on what I felt was right for my dad and for myself. Not everybody is cut out to do what I decided to do, and I don't think that everybody should do it the way that we have chosen to do things, but that it is about finding what works best for the paitient and the family. There are lots of alternatives out there, I just wish that people would take a harder look at what those alternatives are. Thanks again, and I will be looking for your hub!

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      Darlene Matthews 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this positive story about your elderly loved one. This is really about you,the ultimate caregiver.A loving faithful family member. I salute you and plan to share your story with our Hubpage family.

      We all have choices about how we deal with our own seniors. We should deal with them the way we do with babies. With the loving gentle care you expressed!

      God bless you and your family!