North Carolina Advocates Teach Community on Elder And Nursing Home Abuse Matters

Jun 19, 2014

A Cabarrus County team have educated individuals on the problems of elder abuse in the community.

The North Carolina task force came together to highlight the issues that elderly and disabled people all over the country face every year. Held at a medical center this month advocates for the working group discussed pertinent facts and issues surrounding the problem of elder abuse.

They think that for every one report of abuse or neglect, five go unreported. They highlighted money as one of the biggest motivators for people to abuse and they think that those most likely to abuse are the victims own family members. They encouraged individuals to stay alert to the signs of abuse including watching out for missing money, changes to a person’s will and bruising. Changes in their interaction with caregivers is also a big sign to understanding if there is something amiss.

One of the speakers at the event, author Diane Sandell, spoke of the first hand nursing home abuse that she witnessed against her mother. Sandell discussed the moment that she found out her mother, who following the death of her husband of 64-years had developed dementia,  had been severely beaten while a patient at the home that Sandell had chosen for her. The horror of seeing her mother in that condition motivated Sandell to start an advocacy programme, lobbying Congress, making time to speak at events and writing books on the issues including “Ending Elder Abuse: a Family Guide.” Sadly Sandell’s mother died six weeks after she was moved out of the facility where the abuse took place, but Sandell has nothing but praise for those facilities who do work to the highest standards and support elderly residents with respect.

Do you know someone who has been hurt in a nursing home? Do you know someone who has been abused or neglected in their own home? Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm urges members of the community to seek legal advice if they believe that someone they know has suffered at the hands of negligence. Contact the team today to discuss your possible case during a free case consultation.