Are There Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Are there warning signs of elder abuse? If this is something you are concerned about, it may be because you have noticed some things which may indicate that your loved one is a victim of elder abuse.

If this is the case, you should talk to a personal injury attorney and have your loved one’s case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. If your loved one is being abused, it needs to be stopped, and your loved one may be entitled to compensation.

Definition

In order to know whether your loved one is being abused, you need to know what is considered to be elder abuse. Elder abuse is, “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.“ This is the definition that has been adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

To put it more simply, elder abuse is any kind of mistreatment that brings about harm or loss to an older person. It is doing anything or not doing something that places an elderly person at the risk of harm.

There are warning signs of elder abuse. Here are some things to look for.

The first thing most people think about in regard to elder abuse is physical abuse. Some things that may be warning signs of physical abuse are:

Pressure marks on your loved one
Burns
Bruises
Being told strange explanations for injuries, such as, “he or she ran into a wall”
Abrasions
Broken bones.

Another kind of elder abuse is emotional or verbal abuse. Some warning signs include:

Hearing a caregiver yell or snap at your loved one
Noticing any fearful or nervous behavior around a caregiver
Apathy and withdrawal
Forced isolation by a caregiver
A tensed or strained relationship between your loved one and a caregiver
Unusual behavior by your loved one, such as rocking or biting.

Sexual abuse is another form of elder abuse. Warning signs include:

Your loved one having difficulty standing or walking
Touchiness or flirtation by a caregiver
Bruises around your loved one’s breasts
Withdrawn or depressed behavior
Bruises around your loved one’s genital area
Rectal or vaginal bleeding
Evidence of venereal disease.

Another type of elder abuse is financial exploitation. Some warning signs are:

Unusual purchases your loved one did not use to make
Someone new being added to credit cards or bank accounts
Bills not being paid
More frequent cash withdrawals
Money that is unaccounted for and disappears
Increased use of credit cards
A caregiver getting money for an item that does not come.

Neglect is also a type of elder abuse. Warning signs include:

Unusual weight loss
Soiled undergarments
Dirty clothes
A lack of medical aids that are needed, such as glasses, hearing aid or cane
Bedsores.

Once again, if you have noticed any of these warning signs of elder abuse in regard to your loved one, the wise thing to do is to sit down with 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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