The elderly and vulnerable in nursing homes are being sexually abused and raped at a rate that is higher than we could have imagined. Those shocking facts come from a new report released by CNN, which finds that many incidents of rape involving elderly members of nursing homes are not even being prosecuted.
Radiologists are in a position to identify signs of injury in seniors, and this could assist them in detecting elder abuse.
This finding came from a recent study that was published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Radiologists have long been relied on for their unique access to signs of child abuse, and are often called on to identify signs of such abuse, but the same hasn’t been done in the case of elder abuse or nursing home abuse. That could be because signs of nursing home abuse are harder to identify than child abuse. However, researchers now say that it is very evident that diagnostic radiologists are often in a position to identify injuries that may be consistent with elder abuse.
Certainly, there are challenges when radiologists attempt to identify signs of elder abuse. For instance, an old fracture in a child may indicate neglect or abuse, but in a senior adult, a fracture may not mean the same thing. Many senior do suffer falls, and the risk of a fall increases with a senior’s age.
About 2 million Americans are living in some kind of nursing facility. When family members decide to admit a loved one into these nursing homes, they expect that their loved one will be taken care of, and that their needs will be met. Unfortunately, residents at these facilities are very often subjected to abuse and neglect. If your family member currently lives in a nursing home, it is important to visit them frequently, and look for signs that all is not well.
In fact, there are often visible signs of nursing home abuse that should alert you to the possibility that your loved one is not being taken care of as well as you believe, and as well as they deserve. One should look for bedsores or pressure ulcers as a sign that the loved one is not being very mobile. A loved one may also be able to pick up signs of neglect if the loved one shows signs of a poor appetite, sudden weight loss, poor sanitation, and poor hygiene.
New research seems to contradict earlier findings about the usefulness of hospital bed alarms in reducing the risk of fall accidents involving patients. The research finds that hospital bed alarms don’t significantly reduce the risk of a person suffering a fall accident.
Many hospitals have invested in hospital bed alarms to reduce the risk of falls when the patient is trying to get out of bed. Reducing the risk of fall accidents has become a top priority for hospitals, especially since Medicare announced that it will no longer reimburse facilities for these falls and related costs, because they should never have occurred in the first place. Therefore, the number of hospitals that have installed bed alarms has increased.
However, the researchers found that there were no significant benefits from this practice. They documented fall accidents that occurred among patients in 16 medical as well as surgical units at a hospital in Tennessee. Eight of those units were designated as “usual care,” while the other eight units were designated as “intervention units.”