Elder abuse is not just a problem in US nursing homes, it is a crime that is happening in private homes and in other assisted living facilities around the globe. Today, June 15, 2010, is the Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Throughout the world, people are using the day to increase awareness about elder abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, elder abuse incidents are often not reported. In the US alone, over 2 million people are suffering from psychological abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and financial abuse. Yet, according to experts, only one out of every six elder abuse cases are reported.
Our Boston nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers know how important it is to remain aware that elder abuse is an important issue of concern not just today but everyday.
Some signs that your loved one may be a victim of elder abuse or neglect:
• Unexplained bruises on the body • Unexplained scratch marks, cigarette marks, and pinch marks • Black eyes, broken bones, fractures • Injuries to the genital area • Unexplained STDs • Poor hygiene • Feces or urine on the elderly person’s body
• Bedsores • Confusion, disorientation, or withdrawal • Depression, angry outbursts, sudden apathy, agitation
• The caregiver or private nurse begins restricting access to the elderly patient • You aren’t allowed to spend time alone with your loved one • More money is suddenly being withdrawn from your loved one’s bank account • Sudden changes to your loved one’s will or trust
Massachusetts elder abuse and neglect can lead to serious injuries, health complications, and even death.
Department of Justice Observes June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, PR Newswire/US Department of Justice, June 15, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Massachusetts (MA) Nursing Homes / Skilled Care Facilities by County, Carepathways
Nursing Homes, Health and Human Services, Mass.gov
If you suspect that your loved one is being subjected to Massachusetts nursing home abuse and neglect, contact our Boston nursing negligence lawyers today.