It is always difficult seeing someone you love age and transition into elderly life, especially when there is not much you can do for them. Caring for the elderly is a service that takes patience and both mental and physical strength. If you have recently had to experience the move into an elderly housing facility with someone in your family, you know how difficult of a transition this can be. When moving an elderly family member into some form of elderly care facility, you expect them to be treated and cared for with the utmost respect and delicacy. However, what happens if an elder falls or is hurt due to mistreatment or abuse?
Elder mistreatment is defined as the intentional harm or risk of harm to a vulnerable elder by someone who is responsible for their care. The California Elder Abuse Act is intended to protect elders from harm, however, this mandate is constantly being challenged. Many consider harm caused by understaffed or lack of well trained staff in a facility as elder abuse. Courts have ruled that these are not suitable offenses under the Elder Abuse Act. While understaffing may be the reason your grandmother walked to the bathroom and fell without assistance, it is not protected under the Elder Abuse Act.
Research shows that females are more commonly abused and that less than 10% of elder abuse is reported to officials. Many in elderly care fear retaliation by the abuser so they are less likely to report abuse. If someone you love is in an elderly care facility, it is important that you explain the importance of reporting elder abuse. Your loved one deserves the best treatment and should never be neglected, no matter how busy the staff may be.
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