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The basics about elderly abuse and neglect

David Sexton

No one in Tennessee wants to imagine that an elderly relative might be abused or neglected at a nursing home, but the reality is that these types of incidents occur with alarming frequency. When we help our elderly relatives get situated in a nursing home, we hope for -- and expect -- that relative to receive the best care possible. However, when elderly abuse occurs, the facilities and the staff members must be held accountable.

There are some basics aspects of elder abuse and neglect that our readers should be aware of. For starters, the signs of abuse may not be as obvious as one would expect. Sure, if your elderly loved one has obvious bruises or other injuries, you'll want to know how those injuries occurred. But, such abuse can go beyond the physical impact it can have on a victim. The victim may be intimidated as well, and so may feel pressured to hide the truth about the injuries for fear of further reprisals. This type of abuse must not be tolerated.

An elderly person who has been abused or neglected in a nursing home may show other signs that problems exist. While it may seem typical for a person's mood to change when they begin to reside at a nursing home, visitors should be alert for overly exaggerated changes in the person's mood, such as signs of anger, resentment or fear that were not there before.

When Tennessee residents experience nursing home neglect or abuse, there may be legal options to explore. The nursing home could be held responsible for the abuse or neglect, as might the staff members who perpetrated the behavior.

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