The Ill Effects of Elder Abuse
With the thought of our grandparents, one commonly thinks how the end of their lives will be handled, and how they will be taken care of in the event that one cannot provide care. In most cases, this means placement into a nursing or elderly care facility, but with these come the deadly possibility of elder abuse. Statistics about elder abuse show: “30% of nursing homes in the US- 5,283 facilities- were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a two year period” (Ruppe) Most people do not even understand what elder abuse means. The seven main types of abuse include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial/material exploitation, neglect, sexual abuse, self-neglect, and abandonment (Sellas M.D). The exact definition of elder abuse entails: “intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm […] to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trusted relationship to the elder” (Sellas M.D). Despite laws put in place to protect the elderly, state governments must enforce higher safety standards, and inform people through education about the effects of this abuse. In regard to the safety and good health of the elderly, many laws have already been put in place by the national and state governments. A majority of these laws seem very strict, precise, and straight to the point. For example, ABC News writer David Ruppe says: “It can be as simple as a caretaker failing to protect a patient from another patient’s abuse” (Ruppe). The laws in place, not only protect the patients from the abuse of a caretaker, but also protect them from patient-on-patient abuse. The article written by staff at ABC News also gives a fair representation of patient-on-patient reports: “Stringent regulations require reporting even the most minor of incidents, such as one resident slapping another” (Ruppe). With these laws in place, they give a good piece of mind when thinking of the aged citizens that live in...
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