As the population ages more and more families are in need of care givers to assist with their elderly loved ones. Although there are just as many great caregivers out in the world there are just as many unsavory ones. Unfortunately many of the reported cases go unreported. Last year alone there were 1.2 million cases of elderly abuse reported in the US alone, For each elder abuse case reported, 5 go unreported.
Elder Abuse, what is it?
refers to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.
Physical Abuse – Inflicting, or threatening to inflict, physical pain or injury on a vulnerable elder, or depriving them of a basic need.
Emotional Abuse – Inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts.
Sexual Abuse – Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
Exploitation – Illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a vulnerable elder.
Neglect – Refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection for a vulnerable elder.
Abandonment – The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.
The Apogean Group offers measures to prevent elder abuse as well as services to investigate suspected elder abuse through the use of comprehensive background checks, caregiver “spot checks” and short or long-term surveillance. We work closely with family members, legal counsel, forensic accountants and, if necessary, law enforcement and other state agencies.
According to an ABC report A study, prepared by the minority (Democratic and Independent) staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee, finds that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States — 5,283 facilities — were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a recent two-year period, from January 1999 to January 2001.
Elder Abuse signs of trouble
- Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be an indication of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
- Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, and unusual depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
- Bruises around the breasts or genital area can occur from sexual abuse.
- Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.
- Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect.
- Behavior such as belittling, threats, and other uses of power and control by spouses are indicators of verbal or emotional abuse.
If you feel a loved one over 65 is being abused and is showing any of the signs mentioned above act now fill in the information below and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]