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A look at the different types of elder abuse

Each year, many Kentucky families entrust the care of their elderly loved ones to professionals in nursing home facilities. Often, these establishments are capable of providing enhanced care, physical assistance and environmental stability for its residents. However, incidents of elder abuse are not unheard of and a person's familiarity with the types of abuse can help them identify if their loved one is being mistreated. 

Bedsores could be a sign of nursing home neglect

When people decide the time has come to move to a long-term care facility in Kentucky, it is often because mobility issues have made living alone impossible. Being confined to a wheelchair or bed can create difficulties in a nursing home, too, though. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who remain in the same position for too long are at risk for bedsores.

Bullying in nursing homes: emotional abuse

Anyone in Kentucky could feel that another person is being a bully, purposefully acting aggressively or in a threatening way. Nursing home residents may be particularly at risk, though. HelpGuide.org points out that physical and mental health issues may keep them from standing up for themselves, and may make them more vulnerable to verbal attacks.

4 types of elder abuse to be aware of

It is a tragic reality that elderly men and women are susceptible to abuse and mistreatment. This is largely because older persons can suffer from declining mental health, and they are often unfamiliar with computers, cellphones and other technologies that offer resources to report or understand abuse. They also can experience physical frailty, isolation and depression, which can affect their ability to protect themselves from ill-intentioned people.

Documenting signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

When a loved one is placed in the care of a nursing home, we expect that they will be treated well and with dignity. After all, the facility is being paid to provide a standard level of care to patients and residents, so family members have the right to expect that standard will be met.

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