Carers & Family Members Alike Need To Learn To Recognise The Signs Of Elder Abuse

When seeking long-term care for an elderly family member or friend, the goal is simply to keep them safe and healthy. Care homes are designed to offer this support in a home-like environment with trained medical professionals on hand at all times to help and support the residents who live there.

When a loved one seeks out a care home for an elder who can no longer live safely at home, they take steps to ensure that they select a suitable care environment for them. Highly-rated care homes by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the most popular places, however often these are also the most expensive. Therefore, for many families, these are not an option.

Elder abuse is a growing problem, both in care homes in addition to at home. While care homes are the most common places to see elder abuse occur, there are also instances where seniors will be abused by a loved one or a home carer, which is why it’s vital that both family members and carers alike know what the signs of elder abuse are and how to spot them.

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While 40% of adults living in care environments stated in a survey that they had been physically abused at one point or another, there is a worrying lack of accountability and action being taken. The issue may stand with the fact that the Care Act of 2014 is interpreted widely differently by various local authorities, which can leave vulnerable adults at risk if they live in the ‘wrong’ care home or receive care from a nursing team at home that delivers a low quality of care.

Last year, nearly 212,000 concerns about adults in care being abused were left uninvestigated, which highlights a worrying trend in terms of the elder abuse that is occurring across the country.

What is most concerning is the fact that people who are concerned about the welfare of a loved one, feel that they have no choice but to seek legal action and visit this attorney. Steps aren’t being put in place to help change the trend of elder abuse in many instances, which means care homes that have been known to offer low-quality care in the past often remain open.

While many care facilities are put into special measures, that does not mean that the quality of care offered will necessarily improve immediately. It also does not mean that the staff responsible for abuse will be fired because sometimes determining which team members are causing the abuse can be a complex and difficult process, especially when caring for elderly people with conditions such as dementia.

Of course, the statistics above don’t include other types of abuse and neglect, such as emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse, and negligent caretaking. This fact makes the concept of abuse even more concerning, as the statistics only highlight one type of abuse.

In another study, 17% of carers admitted to having grabbed, shoved or pushed a resident at one point or another. With a quarter of carers also admitting that they have sworn at or insulted a resident that they were caring for.

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