Neglect and abuse of Alzheimer's patients in nursing homes occurs more frequently than once realized. Because this condition affects the brain, it robs people of their memories and adversely affects their behavior. People with Alzheimer's are particularly vulnerable to many forms of abuse and neglect.
Physical Abuse and Neglect
Alzheimer’s is difficult, frustrating and challenging; to say the least. Frequently affected is the ability to recall and follow instructions. Support staff may lose their temper; they may verbally or physically abuse an Alzheimer patient; some may neglect an elders needs. This is unacceptable care.
Emotional and Mental Abuse
"You made this mess. You clean it up."
"If you do that one more time, I'll put you in restraints."
"Of course your kids aren't coming to see you. Why would anyone want to visit a crabby old lady like you? All you do is complain."
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse Emotional, mental abuse inflicts pain, anguish and distress; whether by verbal or non-verbal acts. Emotional and mental abuse can include verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation and harassment. Some examples:
- Treating someone like an infant
- Preventing a senior from visiting family, friends or taking part in activities
- Giving the resident the silent treatment
- Punishment such as failing to respond a call bell
We advocate for seniors who suffer emotional or psychological injury due to substandard care.
Security and supervision are essential. Without safeguards, Alzheimer's patients can wander from their environment. Because of cognitive changes from the disease wandering patients are a known risk.
Abuse as Punishment
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, victims of emotional or mental abuse may exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Emotional upset or agitation
- Becoming withdrawn, non-communicative or non-responsive
- Unusual behavior such as sucking, biting or rocking
- A report of being verbally or emotionally mistreated
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