Audrey’s mom (Kathy) is now in her early 70s with Stage 5 Alzheimer’s. Audrey discovered that her mother was being abused (by neglect) in the residential care center where she has lived for almost two years. Kathy is losing weight unexpectedly, and Audrey is very concerned. Also, Audrey noticed bedsores when she was helping her mom get ready for bed tonight.
Kathy lives in Colorado and Audrey lives in Ohio, so she is not around enough to monitor her mother’s care. What are some risk factors that might have been involved in Kathy’s circumstances and why do you think this went unreported and undetected by others in the care center for so long? What could be done by families and facilities to improve the conditions of the elderly in residential care?