If you or someone you know witnesses elder abuse it is important to report the abuse right away. "How is elder abuse reported?", is a common question individuals ask each other.
You must understand that, YOU need to only have the assumption that abuse is occurring. When you witness abuse it is important to contact Adult Protective Services. Adult Protective Services will conduct a thorough investigation into the abuse allegations. If they find abuse has occurred they will take proper measures to ensure the safety of the elderly individual.
Elder abuse is any type of abuse which deprives the elderly person of basic care needs and safety. For instance, due to the elderly individual's vulnerable state it is important for the caregiver to be alert and attentive to all needs of the patient. The basic needs range from proper amounts of food, shelter, clothing and changing bedding. Further, the caregiver needs to also ensure that the patient does not fall or injure themselves. If the basic needs are not met or the caregiver is not providing proper care this can be seen as negligence.
Therefore, it is important that the caregivers receive proper training. In addition, the care giving facilities should be properly staffed to ensure that the caregivers are not over loaded. The types of abuse to watch for are physical abuse, emotional abuse and negligence. If you notice a change in behavior from an elderly individual or see any unusual marks this is typically a red flag.
For further information regarding elder law or elder abuse please contact a legal professional. Please call 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation!