Elders are among the most vulnerable members of our community and are particularly susceptible to abuse. Elder abuse occurs when an elderly person is mistreated, physically, psychologically or exploited financially.
Nursing home residents are vulnerable to abuse due to decreased ability to care for themselves and chronic illnesses that may limit their physical and cognitive functioning. Many are unable to report abuse and neglect, or are fearful that such reporting may lead to retaliation, especially if they are dependent on — at the mercy of — nursing facility staff for virtually every aspect of their daily existence: bedding, hygiene needs, food, medical treatments and mobility.
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