Sexual abuse in a nursing home consists of unwanted sexual contact of any kind against a person over age 60. It does not have to involve physical force. It can involve manipulation or coercion.
Elder survivors of sexual abuse are less likely to report their abuse due to communication, memory, medical, and other issues.
Signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home
Signs may be physical, as with new pelvic/anal injuries or sexually transmitted diseases. They may also be emotional, like panic attacks or social isolation.
What to do
It is crucial that elder abuse officials be notified if elder sexual abuse is suspected. Also, it’s important to let the management at the nursing home know as well to stop the abuse. Contact us as well, and we can help guide you through the process and hold them accountable.