Contact an Orange County Attorney to help you identify forms of Elder Abuse
Forms of Elder Abuse are often not discuss and therefore there is some confusion as to what elder abuse consists of. Elder abuse can be physical, emotional and financial, or any form of neglect. Physical abuse can consist of hitting, punching, slapping and choking. Spotting signs of elder abuse may be difficult if the elderly individual does not report the abuse. You should pay special attention to whether the senior is acting differently, or withdrawn as well as any signs of bruising, swelling, or scratches.
Emotional abuse can consist of the caretaker yelling, screaming, or threatening the elderly individual. In addition, emotional abuse can also consist of the caretaker telling the senior citizen they are worthless or no good. Furthermore, emotional abuse is any form of hostile, threatening, or intimidating dialogue between the elder and the caretaker.
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Financial abuse can occur when a vulnerable senior places their finances in the hands of a caretaker. Sometimes the caretaker is a family member and other times the caretaker is someone from a nursing facility. Anyone in charge of the senior’s finances that does not obtain permission to use the funds is committing financial abuse. Further, by deceiving the elder into giving you money, or using the money for something other than what it was intended is also considered financial abuse.
For further clarification and information regarding forms of elder abuse please contact Yanez & Associates. Call 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation.