Recognizing signs of elder abuse can help protect a senior you know and love. The elderly population is often vulnerable due to old age, or illness. Often others may take advantage of senior knowing they are vulnerable. Elder abuse can occur in many form. Some forms of elder abuse are physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, or neglect. These forms of abuse are typically difficult to identify unless you have witnessed them firsthand, or unless the senior has disclosed to you that they have experienced abuse.
Signs to watch for are a change in the seniors behavior. If they are more timid than usual. If they seem afraid to say or do certain things around the person caring for them. In addition, a more obvious sign is if you notice any bruising or scratches on their skin this is cause for concern. Many elderly individual's do not know who to turn to when they suffer from abuse. It is important that we make information and resources more accessible to this aging population.
In order to prevent or reduce abuse it is important to report elder abuse if you feel it is occurring. Reporting elder abuse to adult protective services can help save many lives. Adult protective services will conduct a thorough investigation of the matter. If they find abuse is occurring they will take proper measures to protect all seniors in that particular care facility.
Resources are made available to all individuals to help reduce instances of elder abuse. Most communities have support groups for the elderly so they do not feel so alone. In addition, some communities also have services where others check in on the elderly in their living environment. Frequent visits or check ins with an elderly individual can help you to better access the type of care they are receiving.
For further information regarding elder abuse and elder law please contact your local attorney. Please call Yanez & Associates at 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation. We look forward to assisting you with your elder law matter!