Unfortunately sexual abuse in nursing homes is a shocking reality that becomes more and more prevalent each year in California. The elderly come to California nursing homes hoping to be cared for and rely on the caretakers at these nursing homes – sometimes completely. Some seniors can’t walk, some can’t talk, and the very people that are supposed to be taking care of them are performing the unspeakable.
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
Although it may be hard to tell if your elderly loved one is being sexually abused by their caretakers, there are oftentimes emotional and physical signs of abuse that you can look for.
The physical abuse signs include:
- Markings on the body such as bruises or cuts
- Medication over-dosage
- Bleeding near their genital area
- Bloody clothing and/or bedding
The emotional abuse signs include:
- Not wanting to be alone
- Rapid changes in the elderly person’s personality
- Stress & anxiety, especially when around the caretaker
- Fear, withdrawal, and frequent unexplained crying
When visiting your loved one at a nursing home be aware of your surroundings. Are the caretakers not allowing you to visit your elder loved one? When they do allow you to visit are they lingering around?
What to do if you or a love one is a victim of nursing home sexual abuse
Sexual abuse in nursing homes is an unspeakable act and must be stopped immediately. If you are a victim of sexual abuse or expect that a loved one is being sexually abused please call the Peck Law Group nursing home abuse attorneys in Los Angeles and throughout California for your free case evaluation at (866) 999-9085. The Peck Law Group will help you get the answers you deserve and bring those responsible to justice.
About the Author
Attorney Adam Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.