When you place a loved one into the care of medical professionals, you trust that they’ll be respected and treated well. You never think to imagine that they could be harmed, assaulted, neglected or given too much of a medication.

Sadly, many elders in America do face neglect and abuse. There are many types of abuse and neglect to be aware of including:

  • Neglect: When the patient doesn’t receive support or responses to requests
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse: Using an elder’s money for purposes other than their care, taking credit cards, bank cards or money, forging checks and so on
  • Abandonment: Leaving an elder with no care plan in place
  • Physical abuse: Hitting, slapping, pushing or otherwise physically harming an elder
  • Emotional abuse: Also known as psychological abuse, this happens when caregivers or others say hurtful things, threaten an elder or otherwise psychologically harms an older adult

These aren’t all of the types of abuse that exist, but they do make up many of the cases. If your loved one is being taken advantage of, hurt or psychologically abused, it’s important to take steps to get them out of the dangerous situation and to get them the care they need.

If you suspect that a loved one is being hurt in a nursing home or by an aide who comes to your home, don’t hesitate to speak up. You should speak with the employee’s boss, nursing home director and coworkers. You can call 911 if a serious injury has occurred so that the emergency team can make its way to you. Your loved one should not have to live in fear or put up with harassment or neglect.