April’s Nursing Home Abuse Rates Rise in California; Attorney Big Al Encourages Awareness of Abuse Signs

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This spring, nursing home abuse rates rose in California and are expected to continue rising into the summer unless steps are taken to identify, prevent, and stop elder abuse. Attorney Big Al recommends paying attention to the wellbeing of the elderly and alert loved ones of potential abuse signs and stop nursing home abuse rates from rising season as well by offering tips on items to look out for.

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If you have an elderly loved one, it’s important to recognize the signs of elder abuse and take appropriate action to stop it.

A rise in rates of nursing home abuse in the state of California, particularly in San Diego and Los Angeles, has concerned Attorney Big Al of the 1-800-HURT-123 firm. Rising rates this April reflect the threat that elder abuse poses to society’s most venerated citizens, especially because this type of abuse is less talked about than other forms of domestic violence. As the baby boomers continue to age and medical advances extend life expectancies even further, nursing home abuse rates are likely to grow even more in the coming decades, but taking action now can prevent next month’s reported statistics from rising even further.

Nursing home abuse is the psychological, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse of an elderly person at the hands of a nursing home caretaker. Because the residents of nursing homes may have cognitive, verbal, or psychological problems that prevent them from recognizing or articulating their abuse, elderly people are especially vulnerable to mistreatment at the hands of the caretakers they depend on.

“We see a lot of nursing home abuse cases in California, and they’re tough. The elderly person might not be mentally present enough to understand what’s happening to them or be able to verbalize their distress,” he said. “If you have an elderly loved one, it’s important to recognize the signs of elder abuse and take appropriate action to stop it.”

If a loved one seems isolated from other people, appears unwashed, is wearing ill-fitting clothing, appears dehydrated or malnourished, or shows signs of sudden weight loss, they may be being abused by their care facility. A 2000 study found that elderly nursing home residents who experienced any sort of abuse were 300 times more likely to die than those elders who had not been abused, so detecting and stopping elder abuse is critical for the health of loved ones.

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