Emergency/911 operators in Phoenix, Arizona recently received a shocking call from a local long-term care nursing facility. The nurse on the other end of the line was frantic. It was January 11, and a patient at the nursing home had just given birth to a baby boy – the child was not breathing. “The baby’s turning blue. We need someone now!” the caller shouted. “We had no idea she was pregnant. We were not prepared for it.”  The nurse was given instructions in infant CPR and the baby began crying shortly after.
Elder Abuse and Neglect is Growing With the Aging Population Abuse at all ages is a common trope in the news these days. One population that is sometimes ignored from a media standpoint is the elderly. Those who can no longer care for themselves have limited options available. Some might rely on family – who may or may not be available – to help them meet their needs while living at home. Others are able to hire outside help to come into their homes and assist with basic care.