There is never an excuse for abuse. Whether the person is an adult going through rehabilitation in an assisted-living facility or an elderly person who has no other family to rely on, abuse is not an acceptable way to handle a patient.
People who are more at risk for elder abuse include those who have little contact with friends, memory problems, trouble communicating or who have caregivers who depend on them for a home or financial support.
In an assisted-living facility, the nurses and doctors are there to help patients. If they neglect their duties or put a patient in harm’s way, then they should be held accountable.
What are the signs of elder abuse?
Some signs of elder abuse include:
- Dirtiness or a lack of hygiene
- Discomfort with being left alone
- Unusual behaviors, like acting too lighthearted or avoiding certain topics
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Withdrawn behaviors
Abuse can take on many forms. Some include sexual abuse, financial exploitation, desertion, neglect and negligence. In an assisted-living facility, no patient should have to worry about missing medications or being left without the care they need. They should be able to rely on the staff to help them get to the restroom or go to dinner. They should always be treated with respect and know that they can ask for help without feeling belittled or frightened at what an aide or medical provider might do to them.
Our site has more on assisted-living abuse and what to do if you think your loved one is suffering at the hands of another party. There is no excuse for abusing the elderly.