Caring for the elderly is a massive responsibility. While it comes with many rewards, it is not the right career choice for everyone. Perhaps that is why elder abuse occurs in the first place--because the person providing care is not suited to perform the job. Whatever the reason mistreatment happens, elder abuse is an ongoing danger for many older Americans throughout the nation.
Thanks to modern medicine and technology, people are living longer and healthier lives. Many elders are able to care for themselves well into their older years while still participating in soul-nourishing activities and events. Unfortunately, there may still come a day when families may need to seek long-term care for their elders. This is a big cause of concern for many who fear their loved one may fall victim to abuse or neglect.
Stories of nursing home abuse are unfortunately familiar. Too many callous staff members are found taking advantage of the sick and weak residents dependent on their care. An Arizona healthcare facility is in the spotlight recently due to a horrific discovery. On December 29th, 2018 a 29-year-old incapacitated woman delivered a baby at the healthcare facility while in a vegetative state. This woman has been in a coma for the past 10 years.
For most, it is difficult to understand how someone could take advantage of an older, vulnerable person. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality that can and does happen. In addition to physical abuse and neglect, many elders residing in California are victims of financial abuse perpetrated by unscrupulous caregivers and other parties.