How Do You Know If Sexual Abuse Is Happening In A Broward County Nursing Home?
Question: Last year we had to put my mom in a Broward County nursing home. Since then I keep hearing the news report cases of elderly sexual abuse in nursing home facilities. My mom is suffering from dementia and is out of it most of the time. If she has been sexually abused, how would I know?
Answer: Over 83% of elder abuse does occur within nursing homes. The thought of someone sexually abusing the elderly is intolerable. If a nursing home resident suffers from dementia, memory loss, stroke, mental retardation, or Alzheimer’s, then it may be even more difficult to determine if elder abuse occurred.
There are several signs of abuse that you should look for:
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Frequent arguments between the resident and others
- Physical manifestations – bruising/bleeding in genital areas
- Medication and financial discrepancies – check for odd changes