To imagine harming an elderly adult is hard for most people. Sadly, elder abuse occurs regularly in California and nationwide. In fact, an estimated 2 million elderly adults have been abused while in the care of others. The actual number could be much more than estimated, as elderly rarely report abuse. Recent statistics show that only seven percent of incidents are reported.
If you believe elder abuse is occurring to a loved one, you may not know how to prove the abuse or who to turn to for help. The shock of the whole situation can complicate the decision-making process. Before making any decision, it helps to know common signs of elder abuse, forms of abuse, and who is at fault. After reading, it would be wise to contact an nursing home and elder abuse attorney. Doing so may be the difference in preventing your loved one’s twilight years from being filled with pain and suffering.
Due to the many complications that arise during old age, it may be difficult to identify if your loved elder is being abused. However there are some common external signs that may help identify abuse, such as:
Aside from external signs of abuse, your loved elder could be displaying internal signs of abuse, including:
Caregivers who are abusing elders often display signs of abusive behavior. Neglectful, abusive caregivers may leave your elder’s living space in squalor. They may also fail to provide necessities elder’s need to live a comfortable life. A lack of the proper medical assistance or medications is another good way to identify a neglectful caretaker.
If you notice that a caregiver makes attempts at isolation while caring for the elderly, you should consider this a red flag. Other red flags include signs of controlling behavior and interactions where the caregiver is short or snaps at your loved elderly.
Caregivers may also fail to be affectionate or be overly affectionate with elders. They also may talk down to the elderly, ignore them, or become angry with them for things out of their control. Of course, you should use discretion, as caregivers are humans too and may have bad or conflicting days with the elderly they care for. However, a major sign that should always raise concern is when a caregiver gives an inconsistent injury story than the one your loved elderly gave.
If all the signs point to a caregiver abusing the elderly, you may have to take matters into your own hands. As previously mentioned, elders are unlikely to report abuse for various reasons, including embarrassment and feeling hopeless. You should consider consulting with an Escondido nursing home and elderly abuse attorney. Simpson Law Group attorneys will take the necessary action to attempt to put an end to the abuse and obtain compensation on your behalf. For a free case evaluation, contact us at this link or give us a call at 619-236-9696.
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