The Ill Effects of Elder Abuse
With the thought of our grandparents, one commonly thinks how the end of their lives will be handled, and how they will be taken care of in the event that one cannot provide care. In most cases, this means placement into a nursing or elderly care facility, but with these come the deadly possibility of elder abuse. Statistics about elder abuse show: “30% of nursing homes in the US- 5,283 facilities- were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a two year period” (Ruppe) Most people do not even understand what elder abuse means. The seven main types of abuse include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial/material exploitation, neglect, sexual abuse, self-neglect, and abandonment (Sellas M.D).
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When national and state governments enforce laws, not only will senior citizens be far safer, but also nursing and care facilities will shed the dreadful reputation of being unsafe places to reside. Many people believe being placed in a nursing or care home means they don’t matter and what they think or say will no longer be considered. But the elderly do have feelings and thoughts, and when the government enforces laws, the elderly should feel better about receiving care. It all begins with the patients though; most of the seniors who currently receive care receive abuse as well, and they need to know how to make it stop. One Article Reports: “For every reported incident of domestic elder abuse or neglect, approximately five go unreported, according to the Administration on Aging” (Elder and Nursing Home Abuse Violations). The national and state governments need to give elderly citizens more opportunities to speak out, and make sure the government enforces the laws. Also, nursing and care facilities often receive very little funding; this causes several problems in the system. For the facilities to shed their awful reputations, the government not only needs to enforce laws but also provide more funding. When the facilities obtain sufficient funding, it will create a better working atmosphere for the aides, and a better, safer atmosphere for the patients. ABC World News reported: “Insufficient funding is very