Category Archives: Alzheimer’s Safety

Elder Abuse Caught on Hidden Camera: Assisted-Living Workers Arrested

Once again, a hidden camera has captured evidence of elder abuse on tape. Two employees at Sunrise Senior Living in the Quadrangle in Haverford, Pa., were arrested after they were caught beating a 78-year old Alzheimer’s patient.

Police say that the hidden camera captured Traynnham kicking and punching the elderly woman. On one occasion captured on video, Traynnham tried to pull a ring off of the woman’s finger, authorities say. The 12-minute video… also shows the woman’s shirt being ripped off of her…

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The family of the elder abuse victim set up the hidden camera in her room when they suspected something was wrong — and the nursing home’s administration attributed the victim’s complaints to her dementia.

Using a hidden camera to catch suspected elder abuse is controversial. Many long-term care facilities won’t allow it. They claim it violates the privacy rights of other residents, especially if there is a roomate. And in some states, the practice may be illegal. Still, if it was YOUR mother or father in that room, what would you do?


Nursing Home Abuse: Is Your Loved One Safe?

Is your loved one safe in a nursing home? It’s an unsettling question, but as reports of elder abuse continue to rise, it’s a question you must ask. Nursing home residents who need day-to-day help caring for themselves can be easy targets for abusive staff. And if your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they are particularly vulnerable…

“…dementia is the greatest risk factor [for abuse] because the perps don’t imagine that the person feels abuse of neglect so they act with impunity,”… Combine that with fact that employees are often underpaid and overworked, and the potential for neglect or abuse is high…

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Another disturbing fact: Most nursing home employ at least one staff member with a criminal conviction.According to a report released in March 2011 by the federal Office of the Inspector General, “92 percent of nursing facilities employed at least one individual with at least one criminal conviction” and “nearly half of nursing facilities employed five or more individuals with at least one conviction.”

Choosing the right nursing home for your aging parent or loved one isn’t necessarily easy. But it’s not impossible. Check out this overview on how to get started — and for some excellent tips on what to look for to keep your loved one safe.

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