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How to protect loved ones if you spot signs of elderly abuse

Local facility accused of elder abuse
Posted at 6:33 AM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 20:00:50-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 73-year-old Diane Barns was admitted to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center on Russell Road in September 2018.

Her son, Roderick Williams, says his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Williams says after a few days, he noticed something wasn't right about the facility.

"It's like a ghost town and then I could hear the bells going off when patients are ringing for service and no one comes out," Williams said.

Williams says his mother was a victim of elder abuse and neglect.

"I saw her laying there in her species and her urine and she had not been changed," Williams says.

13 Action News reached out to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center about the allegations and they released this statement:

"Patient care and safety is our number one concern. We take seriously any issues brought to our attention and work with families to address their concerns. However, we are unable to comment on the details of any specific patient, due to patient confidentiality."

Williams says he did file a report with the Aging and Disability Services Division here in the valley. He hopes that others will speak out and pay attention to the signs of elder abuse and neglect.

According to the Aging and Disability Services Division these are the signs of Elder abuse:

  • Inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores, or burns;
  • Lack of basic hygiene, food or appropriate clothing;
  • Person with dementia left unsupervised;
  • Person confined in bed is left without care;
  • Home is cluttered, dirty, or in disrepair;
  • Home lacks adequate facilities (stove, refrigerator, heating and cooling, plumbing, or electricity);
  • Untreated bed sores or pressure ulcers;
  • Unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from normal activities, or unexplained changes in alertness;
  • Caregiver isolates the elder (doesn't let anyone in the home or speak to the elder);
  • Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning, controlling or uncaring.

If you are concerned your loved one is being abused or neglected you can report suspected abuse to Aging and Disability Services Division or your local law enforcement agency.
If you suspect Elder Abuse - Report It 1-888-729-0571 or if in the Las Vegas Area you can call 702-486-6930.
If you believe that an elder is in a life-threatening situation, contact 911 or the local police or sheriff's department.