Anaheim, CA- Abuse and neglect is a sad fact of life for some nursing home residents in California and the problem will only get worse as the aging population grows. Some experts say that by 2050, Americans aged 65 or older will make up 20 percent of the U.S. population. With 1 in 10 seniors facing some form of abuse and/or neglect, it is important that Californians understand how serious this problem is, so they can take steps to stop it.
Let’s look at the various types of elder abuse:
Physical abuse: This includes actions, such as hitting or punching, which can cause bodily injury to a senior and cause the, unnecessary pain. In extreme cases, the injuries caused by abuse can lead to a senior’s death.
Sexual abuse: This includes any unwanted sexual contact between a caregiver and their patient. This type of abuse is relatively rare which should give families some comfort.
Verbal abuse: This includes using language towards a senior to intimidate, isolate, humiliate, ridicule or cause emotional harm to an elderly person.
Neglect: This is the willful or involuntary act of denying a senior their basic needs. Sometimes caregivers deliberately withhold food, water or other care services from the elderly. In many cases, the neglect is not deliberate and is a bad side-effect of low staffing levels.
Neglect is the denial of an elderly person’s basic needs. This can be passive or active. Active neglect occurs when a caregiver purposely withholds care. Passive neglect is far more common and occurs when a seniors needs are not recognized.
Financial abuse: This is when a stranger or family member takes advantage of an elderly person to gain access to their savings or bank accounts and often leaves seniors financially destitute.
If your elderly loved one has been subjected to any of the abuses, USAttorneys can connect you with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Anaheim to evaluate your case and decide if you and your loved one are entitled to compensation.
Here are some other facts about elder abuse from the National Council on Elder Abuse:
- Financial exploitation of the most common elder abuse and cost seniors over a billion dollars annually.
- Ninety percent of abuser are family members, most often spouses, adult children and other close relatives.
- Women are more likely to be abused than me.
- The older the senior, the more likely they will be victims of abuse or neglect.
- Seniors who are disabled seniors are more likely to be abused.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers are also more vulnerable to abuse. According to the NCEA, a 2009 study found that 50 percent of people who suffer from dementia were subjected to some sort of abuse.
- Many cases of elder abuse go unreported.
If your elderly loved one is in a high abuse and neglect risk group, you need to pay careful attention to the care they receive. They should also look out for any troubling signs and contact a nursing home abuse lawyers in Anaheim for their advice. USAttorneys can put you in touch with an attorney today.