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The complexity of elderly abuse

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The complexity of elderly abuse Elderly abuse takes place in their own homes, in their nursing home, on the street and even in hospitals. Awareness of elderly abuse has been heightened because of the number of elder abuse victims that have been broadcast in the news. It can take many forms such as, physical, emotional, mental, verbal and sexual abuse. Identifying the potential for abuse can be very difficult to detect as things like this are often concealed by the families, care homes or by them elderly person themselves. Abuse can be a result of many things, for example, if a carer is looking after an elderly person that needs 24 hour care, then that person may become distressed and anxious. This can turn into hatred or anger towards the elderly person as they never get a rest. ...read more.


This can have serious mental effects on an elderly person, especially if they live alone. If Mrs Smith, living with her husband, was subject to a "fake" salesman calling, trying to take money off them on a regular basis, that is a form of abuse. That person is taking advantage of Mrs Smith. Why? Maybe it is because they feel powerful and that they can control someone that is more vulnerable then them. No matter what this is still against the law, and the prevention of this happening is essential. There has been media attention on this topic, adverts have been published to show, how vulnerable an elderly person can be and also how misleading a bogus caller can be. Therefore, identity cards have been issued to most salespeople and security locks have been given to the elderly person to heighten their safety and security. ...read more.


Nursing home abuse can be very difficult to detect. If a resident is being abused by a carer, it is the problem of that home to make that carer aware of policies and procedures that he/she is breaking and how they can be affected by what they have done. Many patients are at risk because one out of four nursing homes every year is cited for causing death or serious injury to a resident, according to government figures. Mrs Steenson is at risk of being sexually, financially, verbally, mentally and physically abused. She went into the home because her well-being was seen as better off whilst being in the private nursing home, however, it is important that we know that it does exist and that it is very difficult for a person to recognise. A person may be being physically abused in the home because of their religion, race, gender or sexual orientation, this with reference to the car value base is the wrong practice. ...read more.

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