Elder sexual abuse is generally defined as any unwanted sexual conduct against a person over the age of 60 and, not surprisingly, the largest percentage of elder sexual abuse (around 70 percent of all cases) occur within nursing homes.
The abuse is often a result of tricking, manipulating, or coercing the elder person into undesired sexual contact. Other times, the elderly person is simply unable to communicate consent or disapproval. In fact, in many instances of nursing home sexual abuse, residents are victimized because their medical conditions make it difficult for them to communicate with others and express what’s going on.
Indicators of abuse may include both physical and behavioral changes that cause concern for family members and caretakers. It is important for loved ones to become knowledgeable regarding the warning signs of abuse and remain alert, especially if something feels a bit off.
Keeping an elderly family member in the care of a nursing home facility safe from sexual or physical abuse is critical to their health and well-being.If you suspect that your family member has been abused or neglected in an Iowa nursing home or other care facility, it is important contact the proper authorities with your concerns immediately.
In addition, you should seek the help of an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to seek justice. Contact the Law Offices of John T. Hemminger for helptoday if your family member has been a victim of Iowa nursing home abuse or neglect.
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