Elderly Neglect Essay

1270 Words Jun 29th, 2012 6 Pages
Our Elders are People Too

Our Elders are People Too.
A large amount of the population in our country aren’t seeing and understanding what is happening behind closed doors to nursing homes. All nursing homes aren’t as safe and trustworthy as many assume. Nursing Homes, meant to be safe living for the elderly to be cared for in their golden years have turned into a nightmare for senior citizens across the country, being a target for countless acts of neglect and abuse. “It is an unfortunate fact that elder abuse is a widespread problem and older adults are exposed to abuse not only in domestic settings, but also in human service settings. Maltreatment of Patients in Nursing Homes” (Lee, 2007 Para.1)
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Signs of emotional abuse are the following “indications of emotional elder abuse include Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior that you witness Behavior from the elder that mimics dementia, such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to oneself” (Robinson,Benedicts,Segal,2012 Para13)
To recognize the symptoms of financial abuse the family would have to pay close attention to their elders billing information. Some signs to look for when being financially abused are; “Significant withdrawals from the elder’s accounts ,Sudden changes in the elder’s financial condition ,Items or cash missing from the senior’s household ,Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies ,Addition of names to the senior’s signature card ,Unpaid bills or lack of medical care, although the elder has enough money to pay for them ,Financial activity the senior couldn’t have done, such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is bedridden, Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions” (Robinson,Benedicts,Segal,2012 Para14) When working in a nursing home several years back I personally witnessed residents being abused first hand. Situations like an elderly lady falling out of the bed yelling “HELP!” with the staff walking by ignoring

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