It can be hard to imagine that atrocities like sexual abuse happen in nursing homes, but unfortunately, it does happen. While it’s important that your loved one has someone to keep an eye on their health around the clock, it’s also important that you keep an eye out for the signs of possible sexual abuse.
Abuse can come from anyone who comes into contact with the resident. This includes staff, friends, strangers, visitors, other residents or family members. One of the more common forms of sexual abuse may come from other residents who have dementia, which sometimes leads to resident-to-resident sexual aggression. The staff should be aware and proactive in preventing these instances, but it is also vital for you to be alert to different sources of sexual abuse.
Many risk factors can potentially lead to sexual abuse in nursing homes. Some things to keep an eye out for are:
Individuals With Dementia Or Memory Problems
High-Level Needs And A High Degree Of Dependence
Consistent And Prolonged Social Isolation
High Levels Of Stress In The Nursing Facility, Including Understaffing, Inadequate Background Checks Or Training
Not Receiving Regular Visitors Or Checks From Individuals Living Outside The Nursing Home