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Caregiver Abuse

Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse LawyersTaking care of an elderly patient can be demanding and exhausting both physically and psychologically. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that stress is one of the leading causes of elder abuse. Sometimes the job of caring for an older family member falls to someone who is untrained and ill prepared for the sudden responsibility. But even trained nursing home staff can be prone to elder abuse. They are often overworked, underpaid, and chronically exhausted. Dealing with the stress of caring for the elderly can lead to depression and anxiety, which can lead to abuse. Despite this, no abuse is warranted.

Relieving the Stress of Caregiving

Full care assisted living facilities are, unfortunately, where some senior residents become victims of nursing home abuse. Facilities need to be vigilant to ensure that all staff are properly trained. Providing staff with outlets to relieve stress can provide calming downtime and a way to focus on oneself. Exercise is also excellent for stress reduction. Stress reduction is important for caregivers, because an overload of stress can be the trigger for abuse.

Caregivers and Substance Abuse

Some caregivers may turn to prescription medication as an escape from the stress of caring for elderly patients. In many nursing home facilities, medication may be readily available for the taking. It is also possible a caregiver may financially abuse an elder to receive more money to support a drug habit. In any case drug use exacerbates elder abuse. A staff member with a substance abuse problem needs counseling and rehabilitation.

Problem Indicators

There are warning signs to watch out for that signal the care your loved one is receiving is neglectful or even abusive. Be diligent and address any concerns you have with the facility’s management staff. If you suspect that a loved one has been neglected or abused, contact a skilled nursing home abuse lawyer to review your legal options.

Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Defend Victims of Nursing Home Abuse

The elderly are among the most vulnerable in abusive situations. Many are unable to speak up on their own behalf, making it even more important to stop their abusers. If you suspect a family member has suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver, an experienced Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer from McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can help you obtain justice for your loved one. Call us at 215-569-8488 and we will review your case for free. You can also complete an online form. We serve residents in Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.