Patients with dementia are naturally vulnerable and unfortunately, some people take advantage of that. The situation becomes even worse when the abusers are those who are supposed to take care of them.
Family members who want the best for their loved ones who aren’t able to care for themselves anymore often choose nursing home care. They trust that the people who work there will provide for them and ensure that their loved one’s needs are met. They believe that they will give them the medical treatment and caring environment in which they need and deserve—instead, they are often horribly abused.
Why Dementia Patients are Often Victims of Abuse
Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often lead to the elderly living in nursing homes, as attempting to care for them without medical training is difficult. People with these types of medical conditions, however, are prone to abuse, and here’s why:
- Their testimony is unreliable. Caregivers may think that no one will believe a victim if she has some kind of mental condition, and sees the patient as an easy target. Unfortunately, they are often right. Victims may also believe the same thing, and neglect to tell anyone about the abuse for fear of not being believed.
- They may be easily manipulated. Abusers often find that those suffering from mental issues are easily manipulated. This manipulation is often turned into sexual, financial, or emotional abuse.
- They may be difficult to care for. Some people with dementia are angry and violent towards their caregivers. Other patients may not be able to take care of themselves at all, which can create extra work for nursing home employees.
Fight for Your Loved One’s Rights
Any kind of abuse in nursing homes is wrong and shouldn’t be tolerated. If you believe your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to justice for your loss. Contact the attorneys of the Wayne Wright LLP to find out if you have a wrongful death case, and to learn more about your rights. Schedule your consultation today by calling 800-237-3334.