Alzheimer’s disease is a common type of dementia that affects the memory and other important cognitive functions. It can be difficult to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, which is why many of them end up in nursing homes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2014 that 50.4% of nursing home residents were diagnosed with this condition. Sadly, many of these seniors who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease are incredibly vulnerable to nursing home abuse.
The Vulnerability of Nursing Home Residents With Alzheimer’s Disease
Nursing home residents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are often targeted by abusers because of how this condition affects the memory. It’s very likely that victims will not even remember the abuse after it happened, which makes it impossible for them to report what’s happening. Alzheimer’s disease often affects the ability to communicate, too. Because the victim’s memory and communication is impaired, it’s easier for abusers to get away with this despicable behavior when they target someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Some nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease are aware that they are being abused. However, it’s possible that no one will believe them if they choose to report the abuse. The nursing home facility that documents the complaint may assume the victim is simply confused or having trouble remembering exactly what happened.
It’s not easy to take care of someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Because of this, a nursing home employee who is overworked and frustrated may lash out and physically abuse a resident with this condition. This is yet another reason why this group of nursing home residents are so vulnerable to abuse.
How to Spot Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
It’s important for family members to protect their loved ones by frequently looking for signs of nursing home abuse. Family members should keep an eye out for drastic changes in their behavior, mood, appearance, health, or financial situation. Victims of physical abuse could also have unexplained bruises, cuts, or broken bones on their bodies. If you spot any of these signs, do not ignore them. Your loved one may not be able to provide you with much information because of her condition, however you can get to the bottom of the abuse with help from an attorney.
If you think your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, contact Reisch Law Firm as soon as possible. We will fight tirelessly to hold the abusers accountable for the harm they have inflicted upon your loved one. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.