How to approach suspected abuse

A purple ribbon to promote awareness of Interp...

A purple ribbon to promote awareness of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Prevention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another recent news headline in Michigan displayed how one woman in a care facility was battered and bruised by the people hired to help her. The family must be extremely careful when they suspect abuse is happening because they do not want the abuse to turn fatal. So how can you protect your loved one when they are not with you at all times? I would begin by mentioning the bruises. Sometimes the mere mention that there could potentially be questions about the abuse gives cause to quit those actions. If you continue to notice a physical, mental or emotional change in your elder, report this to a supervisor. If it does not stop there, there are state agencies in which to contact. Always make certain that you have notated proof – whether with photographs or by keeping a log. It may take time for a state agency to check on the allegations. If you believe that the abuse is continuing or even getting worse, it is a good idea to seek another care facility. You do not want your loved one subjected to harm at all, but if there is any form of abuse, you will want it to last for the least time possible. If abuse is proven, you may need to get a lawyer involved. This is not only for the sake of your loved one, but to prevent abuse of other seniors as well. Remember, With Age Comes Respect. If someone is not willing to abide by this, then they are not right for the responsibility!

About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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