Falls can be more serious for seniors and the elderly than they are for younger people. In fact, in too many cases they are fatal. The problem of falls in nursing homes, where over 1.4 million people who are 65 and over live, is particularly bad.
It's sad to say, but older people are targets for mistreatment. The elderly can be easy to threaten, ignore, manipulate and abuse emotionally, physically or even sexually. Who stands up for people who cannot or will not complain or defend themselves from this kind of behavior from a caregiver?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has compiled a considerable amount of information about the abuse of older Americans. A large portion of elder abusers are not strangers to their victims. Sadly, Charleston caregivers and family members are among those who take advantage of the trust and mental and physical frailties of the elderly.
An 80-year-old woman lives in a Charleston neighborhood. The elderly woman appears withdrawn, frail and as unkempt as her property. She has no visitors other than a paid caregiver or family member who drops by a few hours once or twice a week. Is the woman a victim of elder abuse?
When an elderly person is placed in a nursing home or long-term care facility, both loved ones and state officials expect that they will be provided with both compassionate and effective care for the duration of their stay. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as residents of these facilities are sometimes subjected to systematic neglect at the hands of staff members.