When a Florida resident is no longer able to care for themselves in their own home, they may be placed in a facility or with a caretaker at home. While the ideal situation is that they are treated with respect and care, the cruel reality is that abuse and neglect are all too common in these situations. Those who fear a loved one is being abused or neglected by a caretaker should watch for the following signs identified by the National Institute on Aging.
There are several different types of abuse. An elderly person may deal with physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or abandonment. All are serious issues that should be addressed immediately. Close to one in 10 adults over 60 in the care of a caretaker are abused.
A person who is being abused may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of weight for no definitive reason
- Acts violent or agitated
- Seems confused or depressed
- Has unexplained injuries such as scars, burns or bruises
- Withdraws and stops participating in activities they used to love
According to WebMD, signs of neglect can include bedsores, broken eyeglasses, dentures, walkers or hearing aids. If a person is regularly unclean or messy, has dirty clothes, skin rashes or unkempt hair, they may also be experiencing neglect by their caregivers.
Those who fear they have a loved one who is being neglected or abused should speak up immediately. They should first ask the person who is in danger if something is wrong of if they can help them. If they show fear when questions are asked, there may be a serious problem. If there is ever a chance that they are in immediate danger, emergency services should be called.