The elderly are more vulnerable to abuse due to risks such as physical limitations and diminished mental function. Families who rely on nursing homes to provide care and protection for their aging loved ones should be aware of the signs of abuse so they can help reduce the risks of mistreatment.
For victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, the road to recovery may take considerable time and resources. In serious cases, the effects of abuse may permanently disable victims and significantly shorten their lifespan.
Man faces criminal charges
One Florida man is now facing charges including sexual battery after a nursing home staff member found him sexually assaulting a female resident at a facility in St. Petersburg. The woman did not give consent and has physical limitations that made it impossible for her to remove herself from the situation.
Investigators concluded that the man accessed the woman’s room through a secured door separating their floors, that he had managed to unlock. The man admitted to the allegations against him and is currently held at the Pinellas County Jail while he awaits his court appearance. The woman received treatment for minor injuries.
Responding to abuse
Because abusers can include both caretakers and other residents, it is imperative that families educate their aging loved ones on how to recognize and respond to abusive situations. The elderly should feel empowered to advocate for their safety and dignity. Supportive families can aid in developing assertiveness in their older family members.
If abuse happens, victims and their families can report their concerns directly to facility staff. They can also utilize resources such as Adult Protective Services or hotlines designed to protect the identity and well-being of victims. Contacting local authorities is also important to prevent ongoing abuse from happening.