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With Elder Abuse on the Rise, Potomac Seniors Village, a Senior Care Maryland Facility, Takes Steps to Reduce the Phenomena
Date:4/30/2013

Potomac, MD (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Elder abuse is a very serious and common occurrence in health care facilities and private homes. Many elders face the trauma of mental and physical abuse by caregivers and even loved ones which leads to helplessness and despair. Elder abuse has been steadily rising and is becoming more prevalent. Recently, several stories have been published in the media about elder abuse being a big problem in health care facilities. Potomac Seniors Village, an assisted living Bethesda facility, has a zero tolerance policy for elder abuse and is new taking steps to ensure the safety of the residents in hopes of reducing the percentage of those affected.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elder abuse is defined as intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm, whether or not intended, to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or a person who is in trust of the elder. Also, it is the failure by a caregiver to satisfy the elder’s basic needs or protect the elder from harm. It is very important for elders to feel safe and protected in their environments.

Elder abuse can take many forms. One type is physical abuse, which entails physically causing harm to an elder. This could be hitting an elder when the elder is not eating food or going to the bathroom. Also, physical abuse can also mean restraining an elder with a belt on a wheelchair, couch, or bed so that the elder is not able to move. There is also mental and emotional abuse. This can occur when the caregiver voices negative comments towards the elder. If a caregiver is not doing an activity correctly, the caregiver may start name-calling or cursing at the elder. Emotional abuse includes making the elder feel incompetent and insecure. There may even be spiritual abuse. Caregivers
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