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Nursing Home Abuse

Is Your Loved One Getting Abused in the Nursing Home?


March 8, 2018

You want the best for your elderly family members, and sometimes that can mean placing them in a care facility. If your loved one lives in a nursing home, directly influencing their caretaking is more difficult. So if someone there were abusing your loved one, wouldn’t you want to find out about it and put…

The Importance of Reporting Elder Abuse


January 17, 2018

While valiant efforts are continually being made to report elder abuse, sources across the board agree that it is seriously under-reported. While the reports don’t necessarily show it, an estimated one in ten elders is abused every year. In Colorado, elder abuse is defined as the mistreatment of a person who is 70 years or…

Defining Elder Abuse: Neglect


December 28, 2017

Bed sores, soiled clothing, missing dentures, and too much alone time can all seem like symptoms of old age—but it’s not that simple. They are also possible signs one of the most common forms of elder abuse: neglect. Neglect occurs when caregivers fail to fulfill responsibilities when it comes to the elder’s care. This failure…

How to Recognize Financial Exploitation of Elders


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


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


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


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


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


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


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…

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