How To Report Elder Abuse


Elder abuse and neglect makes a victim of vulnerable elderly residents who often rely on the caretakers to tend to their daily needs, including feeding, hygiene, and even shifting in bed. When neglected and left to care for themselves, these elderly residents are virtually helpless, and that isolation can often be overwhelming. Elder abuse and neglect takes on many forms, including physical, mental, and financial injuries. Further, these injuries can be the result of recurrent conduct or one single injury-producing event.

Abuse and neglect of the elderly in nursing homes is a sad but true reality. Nursing home patients can find themselves subject to dozens of adverse conditions causing injury, such as ulcers, fractures, malnutrition or physical abuse including sexual assault, battery, excessive or insufficient medication, mistreatment, confinement, neglect, and verbal or emotional abuse.

It may be even more difficult to get the victim of abuse or neglect to talk about it. Abuse may be hidden by isolation or disguised by what seems to be a normal home setting. It is important to remember that abuse can occur in any situation.

When considering how to report elder abuse, people may never think that contacting an attorney is a good way to go. In fact, notifying an attorney who specializes in elder law can help in many ways. Before examining how to report elder abuse, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of abuse. Elder abuse can take many forms. Physical abuse can be easy to spot due to injuries suffered. Blatant neglect can also lead to physical injuries.

It can be difficult to believe your loved one could be a victim of nursing home elder abuse or neglect. Some of the signs are very obvious, others are not. Knowing what to look for and learning what questions to ask can help you know for sure. If your loved one develops  bed sores , becomes  dehydrated or malnourished , has  suffered a fall , appears to be  living in unsanitary conditions, or otherwise experiences a  decline in his or her overall level of functioning , he or she may be a victim of elder neglect or abuse.

How To Report Elder Abuse One of the best ways to collect evidence of elder abuse is by the use of a hidden spy camera, but not the obvious ones. You need to use one that will not raise any suspicion. Photo Frame Smart Cam & DVR w/Remote allows you to put a family picture in the camera in the frame and it will record all abuse being committed on the elder without raising any suspicion.

This advanced DVR is loaded with features and looks just like an ordinary picture frame, so it will blend in anywhere in your home or business. It records video in high definition (resolution of 1280×720) to the micro SD card (not included).

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It is powered by AC power (AC adapter included) so it does not require recharging like most other models.

It has a motion detector so it can be set to record only when there is motion. In addition, it features a “pre-motion trigger” which will save the three seconds before the motion is detected and the three seconds after the motion has stopped.

So whether you are a senior or a caregiver, you need to know how to report elder abuse in a nursing home, and it is easy to find the contact information. Just look for the sign in the lobby, where it must be posted (or in another conspicuous place).

If a situation is so severe that health and safety are being threatened, there is no debate on how to report elder abuse: contact your local police department. Older Americans can be defenseless, fragile and frail, and the abuse can be so extreme that it can potentially be fatal.

Whether you’re a senior or a family member responsible for the care of a loved one, knowing what to look for and how to report elder abuse is very important. Think of it as being armed with knowledge and resources so you know what to look for.

Reporting elder abuse is important. The victim of elder abuse is never alone. From the initial report to the court process, the victim will have someone to help them answer questions, escort them to court hearings, file for restitution and advocate for their rights as a crime victim.

Don’t let your aging parents or loved ones become the victim of financial elder abuse. Check out these two outstanding (and free! ) resources from the MetLife Mature Market Institute: Preventing Elder Financial Abuse for Older Adults and  Preventing Elder Financial Abuse for Family Caregivers.

This neglect is often the result of the nursing home placing profits above the best interests of the patients. In an attempt to cut costs, nursing homes often fail to implement proper hiring procedures and background checks, train their employees, and invest in proper safety measures. Regardless of the excuse for the abuse or neglect of your loved one, nothing changes unless you take action.

If the report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation is substantiated, several things will happen. If the client is in immediate harm, the APS staff will contact the police, paramedics, or other emergency personnel immediately. If the allegations are substantiated and the client is not in immediate harm and if they have the capacity to make or communicate informed decisions, they may then decide to accept or refuse services provided by APS. If the client refuses assistance, the client may continue to live in conditions that are considered unsafe. However, if the client accepts the services offered, they will be removed from the harmful conditions and guided through the necessary steps for their particular case.

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