Many of us have elderly parents, family, friends, and loved ones. As people age, they may need a little more tender loving care. One way to help is by watching for signs of elder abuse. It can take many forms, both obvious and subtle. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. Let’s look at how to spot some of the most common forms of elder abuse.
The following actions could be signs of elder abuse:
- Unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts;
- New friends or caregivers who seem very interested in a senior citizen’s finances;
- Signatures on financial documents look forged;
- Financial statements and other documents are missing;
- Legal documents, including Wills and powers of attorney, are missing or have changed recently;
- Utilities are turned off for non-payment or an eviction notice has been issued.
Your elderly loved ones could seem confused about their money situation. Maybe they seem to be relying a little too much on someone they barely know. If you see any of these signs, you may need to step in.
Emotional or Physical Abuse
Someone who has been emotionally abused may:
- Withdraw, stop talking as much, or appear afraid of someone;
- Have unexplained changes in behavior;
- Suffer from sudden insomnia; and
- Act depressed or confused.
You might see this kind of behavior as possibly just signs of growing older. Physical abuse, however, is usually more obvious. Consider physical abuse if your loved one;
- Has sudden, unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns;
- Suffers similar injuries more often than usual;
- Has unexplained broken bones or muscle strains;
- Seems afraid to see a doctor or go to the hospital.
Sometimes elder abuse is more about what is not being done.
Caregivers and others associated with your elderly loved one may commit elder abuse by failing to provide:
- Food and water;
- Assistance with basic daily living activities like bathing or dressing.
An elderly person who is neglected may look dirty, have untreated rashes, or be losing weight.
Confinement or Restraint
Unless it is medically necessary to limit someone’s movement, he or she should be allowed to move freely. Restricting someone to one small area may be considered elder abuse. Likewise, tying someone to a bed can be classified as abusive.
A loved one may be fearful of certain areas of their home or show signs of being tied or restrained. An investigation may be needed to determine whether he or she is the victim of elder abuse.
Talk to an Attorney if You Recognize Elder Abuse
You may be able to stop the abuse. Also, your lawyer may be able to get compensation for you and your loved one.
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