Each year upwards of 5 million Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The Administration on Aging estimates that only 1 in 14 of these cases are ever reported. As our population ages and more people are in need of a nursing home or care facility, it is more important than ever to know the warning signs of elder abuse.
Examples: Shaking, burning, slapping, pushing, hitting, shoving, beating, unwanted touching, rape, sexual assault or battery, coerced nudity
Symptoms or signs: A caregiver not allowing visitation, incorrect usage of medications, wounds or cuts, bruises, fractures or broken bones, changes in behavior, unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding, unexplained sexually transmitted diseases, stained or torn undergarments
Examples: Intimidation, threats, humiliation, harassment, verbal assaults, insults
Symptoms: Withdrawn or non-communicative behavior, unusual behavior that may be attributed to dementia, emotional disturbance or agitation
Examples: The failure to provide necessary items such as food, water, shelter, clothing, care, or any other essentials
Symptoms: Dehydration, malnutrition, unsafe living conditions, untreated health problems
It is important to note this does not include a mentally competent person that makes a voluntary choice to endanger his or her well-being.
Symptoms: Unsanitary living conditions, dehydration, unsafe living conditions, lack of appropriate housing, inadequate housing
Examples: An elderly person that is left unattended at a public location, shopping center, or care facility
Examples: The addition of names to a bankcard, changing in banking practices, unauthorized withdrawal of funds, sudden transfers of assets, and forged signatures of financial documents
Elder abuse or neglect can be devastating. One of the best ways that you can help to prevent your loved one from becoming a victim is to be educated. Take a look at our article “5 Simple Ways to Prevent Elder Abuse” for some simple ways to help protect your loved ones.
If you or someone you love has been affected by elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, contact Powers Taylor today. Our experienced attorneys have extensive experience handling elder abuse and neglect cases. We fight for those without a voice.