Senior Care Center Makes A Push For Raising Awareness About Elder Abuse
Senior Care Center is a free online resource that helps families find long-term care facilities for their elderly loved ones. The center has recently published an article explaining elder abuse, the prevalence of elder abuse, and how to report elder abuse. The goal of the article is to spread awareness about elder abuse and hopefully to help encourage people to report elder abuse if they witness or suspect it. The article can be read in its entirety at https://srcarecenter.com/other/elder-abuse-what-you-need-to-know/.
Elder abuse victims are at risk of dying 3 years sooner than those not abused. Underreporting is a serious problem as many victims as well as families are not aware that it is happening. Elderly women are at higher risk of abuse than men. Victims suffer from dementia and cognitive decline, poor health, and social isolation. Many are afraid to speak out of fear of shame, denial, guilt, and fear of retaliation.
Physical abuse can be any instance of causing physical pain or injury such as striking or punching, using inappropriate restraints, or even the inappropriate use of drugs. Some signs of physical abuse that the article highlights are broken bones and skull fractures, bruising, welts, cuts and lacerations, visible marks from restraints such as ropes or straps that are being used inappropriately, internal bleeding, evidence of under medication or overmedication, refusal by a caretaker or facility to allow the senior to meet with friends and family alone without supervision, broken eyeglasses or torn clothing, and sudden changes in behavior or personality.
Sexual abuse can show signs such as unexplained genital infections (such as vaginitis), or urinary tract infections (caused by bacteria introduced to the urinary tract during sexual activity without proper hygiene), unexplained pelvic injuries, sudden onset of an std that the person did not have before, blood in the person’s underwear, bruising around the person’s inner thighs and genital area, unexplained bleeding from the vagina or anus, panic attacks, signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), common among sexual abuse victims, sudden social and emotional withdrawal, or engaging in unusual and inappropriate behavior learned from an inappropriate sex-role relationship with a caregiver.
Some of the behaviors that constitute emotional abuse are blaming the victim for problems created by the abuser, being demeaning toward the person, humiliating someone, ridiculing someone verbally, ignoring a person’s needs in order to hurt and control them, intimidating the elder, verbally or physically (for example, by threatening physical harm), isolating a senior from their friends and family, or yelling at the person.
A spokesperson for SrCareCenter says, “Everybody has the right to a healthy and respectful life in their golden years. Elder abuse is a surprisingly prevalent problem that needs more awareness. We are pushing hard for identifying and reporting its instances. By publishing this article we aim to make people aware of the seriousness of the problem and inform them about the steps they can take to put a stop to it. Sometimes elder abuse is out of pure anger and spite. Usually, it is to get something out of the abused, mostly financial. Only if people are informed to detect the signs of elder abuse can they can do something to report it to the proper authorities. The article details the basic facts about elder abuse, talks about the types of abuse, and what can be done to report it. We encourage everyone to read and share it to raise awareness of this issue.”
Senior Care Center employs senior care advisors that will listen to a family looking to find a home for their elderly loved ones. They will note details such as medical history, dietary needs and restrictions, religious or cultural preferences, location preferences, and budgeting. They will answer the family’s questions and concerns. They will narrow down senior care homes based on the requirements and arrange tours of the facilities, help file the paperwork, and even help move-in after the perfect home is selected.
The center can be reached at (855) 430-0035 for all inquires. Clients can search for senior care homes on the website at https://srcarecenter.com/.
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