The decision to place an elderly loved one in an Assisted Living or Long Term Care Facility can be the hardest decision you will have to make. We want to make sure our loved ones are well cared for. It is important to look for signs of elder abuse and take the appropriate steps if this abuse is discovered.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse includes physical, emotional or sexual harm that is inflicted on an elderly person. It also includes financial exploitation and physical neglect. Here are signs to look for among your elderly relatives:
- Unexplained injuries such as bruising or scars
- Broken bones, sprains or dislocations
- Broken eyeglasses
- Signs of restraint evident on wrists or ankles
- Refusal by caregiver to allow you to visit your relative alone
- Threatening or controlling caregiver behavior
- Behavior in your loved one such as rocking, sucking or mumbling without a diagnosis of dementia
- Bruising around genitals or breasts
- Unexplained bleeding
- Torn or stained clothing
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Bed sores
- Sudden changes in financial condition
- Suspicious changes in wills or powers of attorney
- Suspicious ATM withdrawals
Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect
Nursing homes and care facilities have the duty to report any injuries due to accidents to family members. They are also responsible for providing adequate care including emotional and physical support. Family members should always be ready to question any behavior or injury that is out of place. If you believe your family member is in danger from abuse or neglect, it is important to seek advice from a knowledgeable attorney who is experienced in elder abuse.
Taylor Anderson has a passion for helping his clients in their legal needs. If you need legal counsel to assist you with possible elder abuse, give the office of Taylor Anderson a call at (843) 277-1176 or click here to fill out a contact form. Help for your elderly loved ones is available. You don’t have to face this difficult time alone.
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