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Nursing homes or in-home caregivers are good options for many elderly people. Some need professional-level assistance, while others do not have family members who can help them. Unfortunately, elder abuse by such caregivers is extremely common and is on the rise. According to CBS 58 News, Wisconsin counties reported 7,019 abuse complaints in 2016, and this number was 21% higher than the figures from three years prior. The numbers are staggering, revealing that this problem will not easily disappear. Like many other states, Wisconsin has taken active steps to try to address the risks faced by its elderly population.

A Means of Protection or an Invasion of Privacy?

In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to take action against those who are subjecting older individuals to abuse, and the Safe Seniors Camera Program was created. This program is intended to help concerned loved ones witness and record any abuse that may be happening. The DOJ will provide approved applicants with government-owned cameras and memory cards to place in their loved one’s home. Each camera and memory card is lent for up to 30 days to give each individual a significant amount of time with the equipment. Those who sign the contract are required to save all recordings on a daily basis and contact local law enforcement with any footage that may show illegal actions.

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Green Bay nursing home abuse attorneyAccording to a 2017 study performed by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, more than 50 percent of elderly Americans will spend their golden years in a nursing home. Most nursing homes are excellent institutions, but some, unfortunately, have neglectful or even abusive employees. Throughout the United States, as many as five million senior citizens are physically harmed each year by nursing home abuse or neglect

Forms of Nursing Home Abuse 

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 will face some form of physical abuse from a caregiver. There are many ways that a trusted caregiver can cause injury to a senior citizen, ranging from physical harm to sexual or emotional abuse. Due to the frailty of many elderly Americans, physical abuse such as a shove to the ground can result in broken bones or other serious injuries. If you notice bruises, abrasions, or odd marks on your loved one, you should consider removing them from their nursing home and contacting law enforcement.

Unfortunately, sexual abuse is not uncommon in nursing homes. This type of abuse can range from unwanted touching to forced intercourse. In some instances, nursing home residents suffering from disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are sexually manipulated by employees. Regardless of the situation, when a nursing home employee engages in sexual actions with a resident, they are more than likely attempting to exploit a vulnerable individual. 

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