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Many: Firstly, any abuse should be reported. Obvious signs of bruises in many stages of healing, genital or rectal trauma. A patient that seems fearful of their caretaker, or a patient that the caretaker refuses to have you interview them alone maybe a sign. Under nutrition, poor hygiene and other signs of neglect maybe noticeable. Less obvious signs may include financial abuse. ...Read more
APS: Adult protective services is available in every state. If you suspect abuse, you can place a confidential call- no one will know you reported the case. ...Read more
Usually safety issue: Preferable to use restraints than have an elder fall out of bed or chair or go wandering off and find themselves in dangerous situations. Most hospitals and nursing homes do not have enough staff to have one on one caretakers all the time. Restraints are thus often necessary for economic reasons. Abuse would be the use of restraints purely as a punishment. ...Read more
Help! need to know if there's a reason an elderly person would get mean and very verbally abusive at night?
There are several po: The first is to ensure that they are not suffering from delirium, which is an acute confusional state caused by several possible reversible etiologies. The most common in elderly woman is from urinary tract infections. They may also be suffering from dementia and a good work up should be undertaken to ensure that there is adequate treatment of underlying etiologies as well as ongoing symptoms. Cmn. ...Read more
Seek help?: This is an intersting question. As a co-worker of mine used to say: do you feel you were victimized by the abuse? If yes, or if you are bothered by the fact you were abused then yes. There a few people who are very psychologically strong or whose abuse was not too bad, where we can say they were abused but not victimized. May be getting a consult will help you decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies . . .: I'm sorry that you have to ask this question b/c presumably you're about to lose someone close to you. Hopefully, hospice care has been engaged. Answer depends upon time frame, eg days to weeks to months. Check out https://www.caring.com/articles/signs-of-death & http://hospicefoundation.org/End-of-Life-Support-and-Resources/Coping-with-Terminal-Illness/Signs-of-Approaching-Death for 10 signs. ...Read more