Elder Abuse Information
Every year tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused by those who are responsible for their care. Elder abuse tends to take place wherever the elderly person lives. Many times this is an institutional setting such as a nursing home or other long term care facility. The abusers may be caregivers and those directly responsible for their care, or they may be family members such as adult children, grandchildren, spouses or partners. Elderly persons are vulnerable to abuse as they are usually frail and less able to stand up for themselves or fight back, if attacked. They may not think clearly, and have varying degrees of dementia, nor do they see or hear as well. They may be lonely and vulnerable, thus making them prey for the unscrupulous con artist or scammer.
Types of Elder Abuse
The Different Types of Abuse: Elder Abuse may take many forms such as intimidation, threats, neglect, and financial fraud. The most common are:
It is difficult to provide care for an elderly person who may have many different needs, at the same time it is difficult to be elderly with all the infirmities age brings. The demands on the caregivers and the needs of the elderly person can be at cross purposes at times and create situations in which abuse may occur.
Significant risk factors among caregivers that can lead to abuse areis the inability to cope with stress, depression, lack of peer support; caregiver does not find the role rewarding but rather burdensome; caregiver has issues with drugs or alcohol abuse.
Nursing home care staff may be susceptible to elder abuse if they lack training, have too many responsibilities, are unsuited to the caregiving role, or have to work under poor conditions. In many cases elder abuse is unintentional, but nevertheless real. When caregivers are physically and mentally depleted from working long hours, and are pushed beyond their capabilities, they may yell at an elder, handle them roughly, or just ignore their needs.
Preventing elder abuse requires observation/listening; taking appropriate action when you suspect elder abuse; educating others how to recognize and report elder abuse.
IF ABUSE OCCURS IN A LONG TERM CARE FACILITY
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
Email: Allison Peck (email@example.com) or Naty Avila (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IF ABUSE OCCURS IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME FOR THE ELDERLY (RCFE) AKA ASSISTED LIVING OR BOARD AND CARE HOMES
Report to Community Care Licensing
CCIB – Centralized Complaint and Information Bureau
LETUSNO (On poster displayed at facility)
IF ABUSE OCCURS IN SKILLED NURSING FACILITY (SNF)
Report to the California Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health/Licensing & Certification
1889 N. Rice Ave. Ste 200
Oxnard, CA 93036
IF ADULT OR ELDER ABUSE OCCURS IN THE COMMUNITY
Report to Adult Protective Services
APS Ventura County
Tel: 805-654-3200 (Hot Line)