Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a decision that isn't taken lightly. Anyone who makes that difficult choice is counting on the nursing home to properly care for their loved one. Sadly, that good care they are expecting doesn't always come. In some cases, nursing home residents are subjected to sexual abuse.
The horrors of sexual abuse of the elderly aren't anything that people like to think about. For people who have loved ones in a nursing home, watching out for symptoms of this abuse is vital because no nursing home resident should have to deal with sexual abuse. Instead, the resident should be able to live one's remaining days in peace.
The signs of sexual abuse in nursing home residents vary greatly. You might notice that your loved one has injuries or bruises. You may notice that he or she just doesn't seem to be acting in a normal manner. Difficulty sitting, difficulty walking, and pain are some other signs that your loved one has been sexually abused.
In some cases, the diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease is the clue that your loved one was sexually abused. This might occur in conjunction with anal or genital irritation, bruising, or bleeding.
When your loved one is the victim of the atrocity known as sexual abuse, you should take steps to prevent further sexual abuse. You might also decide to explore the possibility of seeking compensation. While compensation won't take away the pain of being sexually abused, it might help your loved one to get the care he or she needs to heal after the abuse.
Source: National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, "Sexual Abuse," accessed Aug. 06, 2015