Many people cherish the most senior members of their families. At some point, most older people need assistance at home. But behind closed doors, are your loved ones getting the best care? Preventing elder abuse at home can be difficult, but it is possible. Also, there are steps you can take if you find that elder abuse has occurred.
Availability of In-Home Elder Care
Many older people prefer to stay at home rather than moving to nursing homes or other facilities. To make this happen, you may want to look into agencies that provide in-home elder care. Medicaid covers some in-home care. Some people choose to hire aides from agencies or ask friends and family to volunteer their time.
However, caregiving at home is not without risk. In-home health aides may or may not be as qualified as you think. Family and friends who serve as caregivers may have the best intention – or not.
The first step to preventing elder abuse at home is understanding how to identify it.
Signs of Elder Abuse at Home
Nursing home abuse and at-home abuse share many of the same signs. Here’s what you can watch for:
- Changes in behavior like trouble sleeping, agitation, violence, fear, withdrawal.
- Physical symptoms like unexplained weight loss, bruises, burns, broken bones, scars.
- Changes in personal hygiene like dirty hair, dirty clothes, looking messy.
- Financial changes like naming someone new to a bank account or insurance policy, money missing from bank accounts, unexpected bills or charges to accounts.
If you see any of these signs, ask the person what’s going on or call an elder abuse hotline for assistance.
How You Can Prevent Elder Abuse at Home
You can take steps to protect your elderly loved ones who still live at home.
- Research caregivers carefully, whether they are family members or hired health aides.
- Watch for signs of elder abuse like the ones listed above.
- Ask for help, because spreading out the work among several people may prevent any caregivers from being overwhelmed.
- Visit as often as possible.
You may not be able to visit frequently. However, you can stay in touch with people you trust who can help with preventing elder abuse at home.
Have You or a Loved One Been Suffered Elder Abuse at Home?
If so, compensation may be available. Discuss your potential claim with a qualified attorney to learn more about your options.
At Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC, we have over 20 years’ experience helping clients with nursing home injuries and neglect. Schedule a free initial consultation with Osvaldo Rodriguez, a lawyer who has dedicated his career to assisting people like you. Just call us at 708-716-3441 or fill out the Contact form on our website. We represent clients throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berwyn, Chicago, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, and all of Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, Dupage County, and Will County.
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