Often times Elder Abuse will go unnoticed due to uncertainty and fear. For instance, seniors are ill or immobile and do not know how to seek help or where they can go to seek assistance. Additionally, often the caretakers are someone they know, family, friend, or relative they fear the repercussions of turning in a family members. Furthermore, because the caretaker is family they feel they are not being loyal to their family members.
Patients with mental illnesses may be unable to report the abuse due to memory issues. These patients should be monitored more closely because they will be unable to report the abuse to someone themselves. Furthermore, sometimes the elderly do not know what resources are available to them. Informing and educating the elderly may increase the chance of them seeking advice or help for themselves and others.
Please contact and elder law attorney in your area for a free consultation!