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Seek help if you believe abuse is taking place in assisted living

In an assisted-living facility, the risks of abuse are still prevalent, even though your loved one may be capable of taking care of themselves. Assisted-living facilities help people with their daily activities, like getting dressed, taking a bath or shower or cleaning their rooms, but they don't control every aspect of the elder's life.

In assisted-living facilities, some of the common kinds of abuse include:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Physical abuse

Why don't residents of assisted-living facilities report abuse?

Many do, but like in any abusive situation, the victims may feel scared to speak out. They may worry that saying something about the abuse they're going through will result in serious consequences, like having the abuse worsen. For this reason, you have to look for signs of abuse even if no one is saying that it's taking place.

Here's an example. If your loved one was healthy and active prior to entering assisted living but became withdrawn and skittish, you may wish to take them out of the facility and have a discussion about their care. If they tell you that they're in danger, do not return them to the facility unless you can guarantee their safety. At that point, it's best to get in touch with organizations to help the elderly, so you can guarantee adult protection services is involved along with the aid of your attorney.

No facility should get away with abusing the elderly. Find out if abuse is taking place as soon as possible, and then stand up against it. Your actions could help protect many people, not just your loved one.

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