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Nursing Home Abuse

How to Recognize Financial Exploitation of Elders


By Kyle Bachus

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November 27, 2017

Elder abuse is a far more common issue than most give it credit for, and while the term “abuse” often connotes a physical altercation, it’s important to note that not all cases—not even most cases—of abuse are physical. In fact, according to the Colorado Department of Human Resources, when it comes to elder abuse, Colorado…

Elder Abuse: Risk Factors and Prevention in Caregivers


By Kyle Bachus

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November 8, 2017

Assuming the role of primary caregiver for an elder is a life-altering event. In many cases, the caregiver finds the experience deeply rewarding and fulfilling. However, the daily demands placed on the caregiver’s shoulders can lead to nearly debilitating levels of stress, particularly as the elder’s condition worsens with age and illness. Sadly, in these…

Elder Abuse Prevention and Protection


By Kyle Bachus

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October 23, 2017

This month, the House of Representatives cleared legislation to enhance law enforcement efforts against crimes against elderly people. These crimes include financial exploitation, fraud, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect. This bill is called the Elder Abuse Prevention and Protection Act of 2017. This bill will implement a training program for FBI agents to investigate…

Common Misconceptions of Elder Abuse


By Kyle Bachus

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August 4, 2017

Misconception: Most elder abuse occurs in nursing homes. Fact: Most elder abuse actually occurs in the home at the hands of family members and loved ones. The sad reality is that, in almost all cases, the one mistreating the elderly person is someone whom they know and trust (e.g., a son, grandson, niece, church pastor,…

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017


By Kyle Bachus

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June 13, 2017

On June 15, 2017 thousands of people around the world will join in observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) through social media, volunteer community service, and public gatherings. WEAAD is a call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of senior citizens. Coloradans can use…

Understanding the Different Types of Elder Abuse


By Kyle Bachus

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March 29, 2017

Countless cases of elder abuse are reported across the United States annually. In Colorado, there are more than 11,000 cases of abuse, exploitation, and neglect in older adults each year—and those are just the reported cases. Many cases of elder abuse can go unreported for years. To understand the problem, and to keep your loved…

Recognizing The Signs of Elder Abuse


By Kyle Bachus

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November 10, 2016

Deciding to place an elderly family member in a nursing home can be a very difficult decision, and it gets even more difficult when you’re not sure if they’re truly being taken care of. Elders may seem fine when you visit with them, but they may be hiding details of abuse for fear or embarrassment—or…

Why nursing home errors result in wrongful death


By Kyle Bachus

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March 9, 2016

In the United States, more than 1.4 million adults older than 65 live in a nursing home, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number is predicted to rise to about 3 million by 2030 as an aging population lives longer. With the rise in an aging population, abuse against…

How to prevent serious nursing home injuries by taking precautions


By Kyle Bachus

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February 25, 2016

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, nearly 600,000 Coloradans are now 65+ years old – that’s an increase of almost 47 percent from 2003. That’s the third highest rate of growth in the nation, and by 2030 the number is projected to increase by nearly 77 percent. While Colorado has a…

Just say no! How to protect seniors from financial abuse and scams


By Kyle Bachus

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November 10, 2015

When most people hear the term “elder abuse” they usually imagine physical or emotional neglect or abuse, but in fact, financial exploitation and abuse impacts our seniors at an even greater rate. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s National Center on Elder Abuse major financial exploitation was self-reported at higher rates…

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