The Top 5 Signs of Elder Abuse
As we get older, sometimes we must depend on others to help us care for ourselves. While we want to think the best in people, unfortunately the ones who we are supposed to be able trust may be taking advantage. If you have a loved one who is in the care of others it is wise to always be aware of when something may seem not quite right. The experienced California personal injury attorneys under the guided eye of Brian Brandt have the compassion and skill you need if you are handling an elder abuse case. Here are some things to look out for when it comes to the possibility of elder abuse:
- Signs of Physical Abuse
- Broken bones
- Pressure marks
- Weird explanations for injuries
Unexplained or odd reasons for injuries that don’t quite fit with the injury are a red flag and something you should never take lightly. Watch for odd behaviors that someone may exhibit with certain caregivers, as that can be a big clue to possible abuse as well.
- Sign of Neglect
- Lack of medical aid
- Unnecessarily messy living space
- Wearing dirty clothing
- Unusual weight loss
When an elder is disabled, or mentally unaware, and needs help getting dressed or taking their medication, it can be considered neglect if their caregiver is not helping them to fulfill these daily tasks. Neglect can also be unintentional, but just as serious if your loved one is being cared for by an untrained provider.
- Signs of Verbal or Emotional Abuse
- Forced isolation
- Caregiver who speaks in a forceful and unfriendly manner
- Tense or strained relationship between a caregiver and elder
- Nervous or fearful behavior around caregiver
- Apathy and withdrawal
Emotional abuse can range from verbal abuse to legitimate threats of physical violence, but it can be harder to spot especially if the elder is unable to convey what is happening to them due to dementia or illness. In emotional abuse cases, the caregiver will most likely isolate the elder so none of their family knows what is going on.
- Signs of Sexual Abuse
- Flirtation by caregiver
- Depressed and withdrawn behavior
- Vaginal or rectal bleeding
- Evidence of venereal disease
- Bruising around private areas such as breasts or genitalia
While sexual abuse of someone who can’t care for themselves and sometimes can’t reach out for help is hard to hear or know about, it does happen. Attackers will look for those they can overpower, and seniors can come off as weak or unable to fight back. They may be less likely to report any abuse because they are dependent on someone to take care of them.
- Signs of Financial Exploitation
- Bills going unpaid
- Adding someone new to bank accounts
- Increased use of credit cards
- Caregiving taking money for package that never came
- Unusual purchases
- Money disappearing
Some older adults can be more at risk for financial exploitation because of a mental impairment. This can also take place when a caregiver simply takes advantage of an elder. This is why background checks are incredibly important when looking for a professional caregiver.
Do you need an experienced personal injury attorney for your elder abuse case? Reach out to The Law Offices of Brian Brandt to schedule your free consultation today.