It may seem shocking and unrealistic, but there are many dark, untold truths behind the closed doors of nursing homes. It's hard to believe that people in arguably the most vulnerable stage of their lives are being abused and manipulated in such high numbers. However, this is the sad truth of our society, and there will be no progress if the perpetrators remain shielded from the public's view. According to Nursing home abuse.org up to 44% of nursing home residents have been abused at some point during the time they have spent in these facilities.
In over ¾ of the nursing home abuse cases, the offender is the caregiver, rather than any other nursing home staff. It's important that we stay mindful of some red flags given in these situations. There are many warning signs that someone may be enduring some form of abuse or neglect, for example the victim may start: Becoming dehydrated, lose or gain a lot of weight in a short period of time, become irritable or antisocial. Even If these signs are shown, it is not a definite indication of abuse, however the situation should be monitored closely to be certain. As horrible as these statistics may sound, there are steps that can be taken to lessen the likelihood of this happening. These include, doing a background check on caregivers, limiting the isolation of the senior, and keeping in touch with them while they are living in the nursing home.
Story by Alana Kendrick