Unfortunately, abuse of the elderly in nursing homes or other care situations is a common occurrence. Up to 85% of this abuse is unreported because it is well-hidden by the perpetrators, the victim is afraid or unable to report the abuse, and/or the signs of such abuse are not easily recognized by loved ones.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
Neglect: Negligence in nursing homes is the most common type of elder abuse. The caretaker does not meet the standard of proper care necessary for the victim. This may include malnourishment, under-or over-medication, and/or unsanitary living conditions.
Physical abuse: The caretaker uses unnecessary force, which may result in physical harm to the elderly victim. Examples of this type of abuse may include hitting, slapping, or pushing of the victim.
Mental abuse: The caretaker engages in behavior that causes emotional or mental anguish in the victim. Bullying, verbal assault, and isolation of the victim are examples of this type of abuse.
Sexual abuse: The caretaker or other individual engages in a non-consensual sexual act with the elderly victim.
Signs of Possible Elder Abuse or Neglect
- Poor personal hygiene
- Over-or under-medication
- Falls that could have been reasonably prevented
- Behavioral changes
- Agitation or withdrawal
- Unsanitary conditions
- Unexplained bruising
What Should I Do If I Suspect My Loved One Is Experiencing Elder Abuse?
If you think that your family member may be the victim of elder abuse or neglect by a nursing home or other caretaker, the matter should be investigated as soon as possible in order to protect your loved one. If it can not be resolved satisfactorily with the facility administration, you may seek the help of Attorney Nathaniel B. Preston (“Nate”), who advocates for those who suffer elder abuse or neglect.
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If you or a loved one has suffered elder abuse or neglect in the greater Phoenix area, Glendale, Mesa, or Scottsdale, please contact Nate today to set up your free initial case evaluation by filling out our contact form or by calling 602-652-2009.