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Health Care Givers Elder Abuse

In Plain View Investigations > Health Care Givers Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?

Each year hundreds of thousands of elder persons are neglected, exploited, and worse yet..abused! Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help or defend themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Abusers of older adults are both women and men, and may be family members, friends, or professional care providers.

 

In general, elder abuse is a term referring 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. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws.

 

46% of all Nursing Home patients or patients receiving home health services have been abused, neglected or involved in a serious accident due to negligence on the part of health care providers.

Physical Abuse - inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical means

Sexual Abuse – non-consensual sexual contact of any kind

Neglect – the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection for a vulnerable elder

Exploitation – the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit

Emotional Abuse – inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening

Abandonment – desertion of a vulnerable elder person by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person

Self-neglect – characterized as the failure of a person to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some signs that there could be an abuse problem are as follows:

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

Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person are also signs

Be alert. The suffering is often in silence. If you notice changes in a senior’s personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on

*If someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or the local police for immediate help.

How IPV Can Help

We are the only Private Investigation Agency in Florida with staff that is  certified, by the American College of Forensic Examiners as Medical Investigator Level III. We also engage Licensed Registered Nurses who are IPV eyes and ears at the level where care provided by third parties to mom and or dad.

 

Our nurses are trained to assess Mom and Dad’s  Quality of Life issues as evidenced by interviews, visual inspection of environment including presence or absence of bed/chair alarms.  Observations as to evidence of physical abuse, room cleanliness, foul smells, incontinence, apparent bed sores and patient complaints, degree to which staff employ best practices in infection control and bed sore prevention.  IPV Registered Nurses also assess Staff response to patients call bells.  Is mom or dad well groomed and do they have clean clothes.  Observing staff to ascertain detail to falls prevention and assistance with out of bed privileges to bath room  The degree of social and recreational activities and social interactions each patient is engaged with, and adequacy of nursing home staff to patient ratio are prime reporting areas.  Are posted Nursing home resident activities actually be offered at time and place advertised.

 

IPV Nurses are trained to observe a multitude of tail tail signs such as: is food when delivered or prepared of suitable temperature, Is food consistent with patients physician orders, are medications being administered in a timely fashion, are Intravenous fluids bags permitted to remain empty for prolonged times.