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Protecting family members from elder abuse

David Sexton

No one wants to see their elderly loved ones neglected or abused. "Respect your elders" is a saying that still holds true for many Tennessee residents, as it should for everyone. However, the sad reality is that some residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are facing situations involving abuse and neglect even as you read this post.

In fact, a recent report predicted that elder abuse, particularly abuse involving finances, is only likely to increase as America's population increases. For example, many retirement accounts simply do not have the protections in place to prevent financial abuse, and elderly Americans are the ones who are most likely to depend upon these funds in day-to-day life.

But, potential financial abuse isn't the only concern. Elderly Tennessee residents who live in nursing homes can face physical or emotional abuse and neglect as well. And, in the very worst of scenarios, sexual abuse of elderly nursing home residents has been reported as well.

Many of our readers want to do what is right for their elderly relatives and help protect them from abuse or neglect. Family members can do their part by keeping an eye out for the signs of abuse or neglect in nursing homes, which can include: unexplained bruises or cuts; bedsores; lethargy due to medications; changes in behavior; and direct complaints from residents about the conduct of nursing home staff members, among other signs. When neglect or abuse is revealed, legal options may be available, including potential lawsuits against the nursing home and its staff members.

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