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Why does elder abuse happen?

Posted on August 4, 2016 1:19 pm under Nursing Home Abuse

There are usually several factors that go into why elder abuse happens, but a lot of the cause behind elder abuse can be followed back to one of two main factors:

  • The quality of the nursing home is not up to the proper standards:  Some nursing homes are much better than others in terms of quality. It all boils down to the number of staff, funding, and training. If a nursing home is understaffed, it is more than likely that neglect will occur simply because there is not enough attention to go around. If an elder, especially one with a chronic illness or mobility issues, is left alone for a long enough time, physical signs will show it: bedsores may appear, any remaining mobility will be lost, or they may become more prone to accidents.
  • Factors directly involving active caregivers: If a caregiver lacks the proper training and knowledge or funds and resources, the risk of abuse rises, either due to ignorance or increasing frustration. The likelihood of abuse can increase if the elderly person is sick or has a mental illness.

If you become aware of any of the physical signs of abuse or you otherwise find out about emotional abuse or neglect, your elderly loved one should be immediately moved to another home. If you are taking care of an elderly family member and finding yourself struggling, turn to professionals, other family, or friends.

If you or an elderly family member faced abuse at the hands of nursing home staff, it would be in your best interest to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Talk to one of our attorneys with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (414) 271-0900 to discuss your legal options.