Angelo Consiglio, MD, is a Florida-based ear, nose, and throat physician with more than 30 years of experience helping patients achieve wellness. Dr. Angelo Consiglio’s professional activities extend to a position with Golden Heart Senior Care, through which he undertakes advocacy against elder abuse.
More common than many people imagine, elder abuse is a growing concern among authorities, with half a million cases reported each year. Forms of elder abuse include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. The latter is particularly prevalent and constitutes the majority of reported cases of elder abuse. Elder neglect typically involves failure on the part of the caretaker to fulfill obligations and provide the necessary care, given the patient’s deteriorating ability to care for him or herself.
The signs of self-neglect or caregiver neglect include malnutrition and unexplained weight loss, as well as skin issues such as bed sores. In addition, general living conditions may be unsanitary, with bedding and clothing soiled, and bugs present. Other aspects of neglect include insufficient heating, the presence of fire hazards, and lack of essentials such as running water. In cases of suspected elder neglect, it makes sense to notify the appropriate local authorities, who can investigate further.