Is Your Loved One a Victim of Elder Abuse?
It can be a scary experience dealing with elder abuse and assault
, but your case can protect your loved one and other seniors in nursing homes nationwide. Hiring an elder abuse attorney
will protect future residents and provide some peace of mind for you and your family.
Definition: Elder Abuse
Elder abuse refers to intentional and negligent acts that harm a senior physically, emotionally, sexually, or otherwise. Elder abuse can occur between seniors and their caregivers, as well as between seniors and other members of the community.
Elderly abuse falls into several categories, and while it may not be the same in every state, you'll be able to know what classification your particular case falls into by these descriptions. By informing yourself you are empowering your family for a successful elder abuse claim.
The different types of elder abuse include:
- Sexual: Elders can be abused through unwanted sexual acts or implications.
- Physical: Both inflicting and threatening to inflict pain are considered acts of physical elder abuse. By depriving seniors of their basic needs, one is also committing physical abuse.
- Emotional: Causing a feeling of distress or mental anguish.
- Abandonment: By no longer caring for a senior who was under the caregivers' protection, abandonment occurs. This charge can fall on anyone assuming responsibility for the elderly individual.
- Neglect: Refusal or failure to provide basic life necessities, such as food and shelter, is neglect.
- Exploitation: Taking assets, money, or property of a senior, or misusing them, falls under the category of exploitation.
Signs of Elder Abuse
With so many different kinds of elder abuse defined by the state, you may want to inform others of potential signs of elder abuse, or continue to monitor your loved one.
Potential elder abuse warning signs include:
- Stiff joints
- Unexplained cuts, bruises, and burns
- Unusual changes in behavior, especially unexplained fear, melancholy, confusion, or rage
- Changes in monetary assets or possessions
- Bloody clothing
- Unexplained changes in visiting hours or suspicious behaviors on the part of the nursing home staff
Recommended Resources for Elder Abuse
You don't have to stop here to understand elder abuse. By accessing the Nursing Home Abuse Resource, you'll be able to review information about the signs of abuse, and additional links. The National Center on Elder Abuse also features essential information for you to better understand what your loved ones are experiencing.
If you believe your loved one has been abused by their nursing home’s staff, complete our short questionnaire and get connected to Injury Attorneys
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