Many people think they know, or can spot abuse right away. But when you think about it, the victims in most mistreatment cases, give you a clear and present signal they are victims. for example, children cry, adults who are still in proper mental faculty will tell someone, etc. Not so with many old people. Once they are cast aside and put into care homes, and are already demented, elders do not always know they are being poorly treated. Besides that, there is mental abuse, not just physical abuse. This means one must be supremely confident that the caretakers are above board and not abusive. This article explains some of the common types that exist.
Elderly abuse occurs by the action or neglect of action by anyone that is responsible for the care and well-being of a senior, disabled or dependent adult, which outcome is physical harm, mental anguish, being deprived of needed services or goods. Here are just a few of the common types of elderly abuse brought to you by the injury lawyers Los Angeles at Ehline Law.
- Neglect: This is when there is a failure of a person or persons in the position of caring or custody of an elderly person, disabled or dependent adult to care for them in a reasonable manner that the senior or dependent adult should expect. This can be a failure to assist with day to day living activities, personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, toileting, providing of food or clothing. Neglect can also include failure to provide shelter, protection from safety and health hazards, medical care that meets physical and mental needs, and prevention of malnourishment or dehydration.
- Financial Abuse: Financial abuse can be considerable withdrawals from the elders account, duplicate billing for medical service that is the same procedure and items or case missing from the elders possession. There can also be changes in power of attorney, wills, policies and titles or additional names added to the elderly person’s signature card are all elder abuse. There can be financial activities with ATM withdrawal, subscriptions, goods or unnecessary services when the elderly account holder is bedridden, which were not possible for the senior to have done. Elderly abuse can also include unpaid bill or lack of medical care even though the senior has the funds to pay for them.
- Abduction: This is the removal of an elderly, disabled or dependent person from California and the prevention of them returning to California without their consent or the consent of any conservatee of the conservator or the court.
- Abandonment: Abandonment is the willful forsaking or desertion of an elderly, disabled or dependent adult by persons entrusted with custody of the person, which would provide reasonable care and custody.
- Isolation: This is the act of intentionally preventing a senior, disabled or dependent adult from having contact with family and friends, receiving telephone calls or mail. It is also considered isolation to use physical restraints in order to prevent contact from visitors or concerned persons.
There are some common signs of abuse, know what they are:
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse can include things like bed sores, poor hygiene, weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration. There can be frequent falls, unexplained signs of injury like bruises, broken bones, sprains, dislocations, welts, which might appear on two sides symmetrically. Other signs of physical abuse can result in broken glasses or frames, refusal of caregivers to allow the family to see the elder alone, signs of being restrained; like marks on the wrists.
- Soiled bedding: dirt, bugs, and soiled clothing, clothing not appropriate for the weather, are all elder abuse, along with being left dirty or remain without a wash of bathing services. Unsafe living conditions such as no heat, running water or faulty electrical wiring and other fire hazards.
- Deserting a senior person at an elderly place is also elder abuse.
- Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse can cause the elderly person to become fearful, depressed and withdrawn. This can be from a controlling caregiver or belittling and the behavior that you might witness can mimic dementia, like mumbling to one self, sucking, rocking and other signs.
Every person has value and deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and cared for in a manner they expect to be treated. As you can see, there are many common forms of abuse that must be investigated, that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The price of safety is eternal vigilance, and a responsible family member will never 100% trust a care-taker, and will instead verify whether treatment is good or bad. Don’t let a loved one endure abuse or neglect, hold the abusers accountable for their actions. Contact Ehline Law at 888-400-9721