Abuse of the elderly in nursing homes and other care situations is a common occurrence. Nearly 85% of elderly abuse goes unreported because the perpetrators are able to hide it, the victim is intimidated, afraid or unable to report the abuse, or loved one are unable to recognize the signs of abuse. Contact Mesa elder abuse lawyer Nathaniel B. Preston if you suspect that an elderly friend or relative is being abused.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
Neglect: Nursing home abuse is the most common type of elder abuse. In cases of nursing home neglect, the caretaker does not meet the standard of proper care necessary for the victim. Symptoms of nursing home neglect include malnourishment, undermedication and overmedication, and unsanitary conditions.
Physical abuse: The caregiver uses unnecessary force which causes physical harm to the elderly victim. Examples of physical abuse include hitting, slapping or pushing the victim.
Mental abuse: The caretaker engages in behavior that causes emotional or mental anguish in the victim. Examples of mental abuse include bullying, verbal assault or attacks, and isolation.
Sexual abuse: The caretaker or another individual engages in a non-consensual sexual act with the elderly victim.
Symptoms of Possible Elder Abuse or Nursing Home Neglect
- Malnutrition or undernourishment
- Poor hygiene and unsanitary conditions
- Unexplained bruises
- Falls that should have been reasonably prevented
- Behavioral and mood changes
- Agitation or withdrawal
What Should I Do If I Suspect My Relative Is a Victim of Elder Abuse?
If your family member might is being victimized by nursing home abuse or neglect, you should contact the facility administrator immediately in order to protect your loved one and prevent further abuse. If you are not satisfied with their response, you should seek the help of Attorney Nathaniel B. Preston (“Nate”), who advocates for victims of elder abuse or neglect.
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If you or a loved one has suffered elder abuse or nursing home neglect in Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or the greater Phoenix area, contact Nate today to set up your free initial case evaluation by filling out our contact form or by calling 602-600-6427.