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How Does Elder Abuse Occur

How does elder abuse occur? This is a very important question if you have a loved one who is an elder that you believe has been abused in some way.

If you believe your loved one has been abused, but you are not sure how they were abused; it will help you to know the many different ways that elder abuse can occur.

To begin with, you need to understand what elder abuse is and what constitutes elder abuse. Elder abuse is not doing something or doing anything that brings about harm to an elderly person or that puts a helpless elderly person at risk for suffering harm. Elder abuse is mistreating an elderly person in any way that causes harm or loss to that person.

Direct responsibility

Many cases of elder abuse are committed by a person having a direct responsibility for the care of an elderly person. In fact, the sad truth is that elder abuse is often committed by a relative of the elderly person.

As mentioned earlier, elder abuse can occur in several different ways. Here are some of the ways in which it takes place.

The most obvious way that elder abuse occurs is physical abuse. This involves an elderly person being the victim of intentional physical force that results in injury, impairment or physical pain. This may involve physical assault, such as hitting or shoving. Physical abuse may also involve the improper, inappropriate use of drugs, restraints or confinement.

Emotional abuse

Another way in which elder abuse occurs is emotional or psychological abuse. This type of elder abuse takes place when an elderly person is talked to or treated in a manner that causes pain or distress.

This may occur in a verbal way. This includes:

Repeated blaming or scapegoating
Humiliation and ridicule
Intimidation through the use of threats or yelling.

Emotional or psychological abuse may also occur in a nonverbal way. This includes:

Isolation from friends or activities
Terrorizing or menacing

Sexual abuse is another way that elder abuse occurs. This involves contact with an elderly person who has not given consent for that contact. It may include physical sexual acts, making an elderly person undress or forcing an elderly person to watch sex acts or pornographic material.

Healthcare fraud and abuse is another way that elder abuse takes place. This may be committed by unethical doctors, hospital personnel, nurses or other professional healthcare providers. It may involve medication, charges, billing, kickbacks, treatments, remedies or medicare.

Another way that elder abuse occurs is through neglect or abandonment by a caregiver. This accounts for more than 50% of the cases that are reported. This is often unintentional elder abuse.

Financial exploitation

Elder abuse also occurs through financial exploitation. This involves the misuse or unauthorized use of an elderly person’s funds or property. This is committed by an unscrupulous caregiver or an outside con artist.

If you believe your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse in some way, the right thing to do is to call a personal injury attorney and have your loved one’s case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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