What Is Considered Elder Abuse?

  • Why would anyone want to abuse the elderly? It’s a relevant question about a horrific topic, but the question we should be asking isn’t “Why?” It’s “How can I help?”

    Finding out that your elderly loved one is being abused is a gut-wrenching experience, and you may feel somewhat responsible because you weren’t able to prevent it. Don’t. It’s not your fault that caregivers abuse their positions and take advantage of the senior citizens in their care.

    However, there are some things you can do to help put a stop to elder abuse. First, you must know what elder abuse is and how to recognize it.

     

    What Exactly Is Elder Abuse, and How Can I Spot It?

    Elder abuse is the mistreatment of seniors. It can take many forms, such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or even financial abuse.

    Several signs can help you spot abuse:

    • Unexplained marks on the body, such as bruises, cuts, and lacerations
    • Torn clothing
    • Broken bones or injuries that happen repeatedly
    • Uncharacteristic withdrawal or depression, as well as retreating from the caregiver
    • A sudden, unexplained change in your loved one’s financial accounts

     

    An Elder Abuse Lawyer Can Help

    When you discover that an elderly loved one is being abused, you can take steps to help. Immediately remove him or her from the abusive environment and contact an elder abuse lawyer who can help you seek justice.

    Financial compensation can’t take away the abuses done to our elders, but it can help make them feel whole again. Call an elder abuse lawyer with The Kindley Firm, APC, today. Reach us at 619-550-1313.