Don't Ignore Elder Abuse
Preventing elder abuse is everybody's business. If your loved one is a resident in a facility, keeping a close watch over them, as well as other residents in the facility, is one way to ensure no one becomes a victim of abuse or neglect. Watching for unexplained bruising, skin tears, decubitus ulcers and other tell-tale signs is key. And remember, its not just physical abuse (slapping, hitting) but psychological abuse (yelling, screaming) that can occur. Be mindful of changes in mood or responsiveness.
Neglect can manifest as bed sores, malnutrition, dehydration, failure to seek medical attention, and/or unsanitary living conditions. If you suspect elder mistreatment in an assisted living facility, either abuse or neglect, California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division has an anonymous hotline to receive reports - 1 (844) LET-US-NO (1-844-538-8766).
The research below on abuse occurring inside long term care facilities was prepared by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). Its more common than anyone wants to admit, and preventable! Click here for 12 Things Anyone Can Do To Prevent Elder Abuse & if YOU see something, SAY something!