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Elder Abuse: Know the Signs

A little over a month ago, we wrote an article on the abuse of seniors or others who are their legal guardians. Theodoros & Rooth believes it is important to expand on that piece.

We all know about the difficult decision that families so often need to make when a loved one needs to be placed in a care facility, such as a nursing home. This can be one of the most traumatic experiences life can bring – especially when the loved one resists.

For the record, there are many facilities in our region where treatment is exceptional so that patients can enjoy life as much as possible and relatives can have peace of mind.

Unfortunately, there are many others that are guilty of mistreatment of residents.

Elder abuse is when someone harms or neglects a person age 60 or older. It can happen to anyone. It can come from a caregiver, a family member, or a neighbor. It can take place in the older person’s home, the home of a relative, or in an assisted living or nursing facility.

Older people living with abuse may be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it. But if you keep your eyes open and know what to look for, you can help make sure your friends and loved ones stay safe.

There are many types of elder abuse.

Physical abuse is any action that causes injury or bodily harm.

Sexual abuse is when an older person is forced to have sexual contact with another person.

Psychological abuse is any action that hurts a person emotionally. Sometimes the adverse effects of psychological abuse can be as serious or even more so than the aforementioned.

Financial abuse is when an older person’s money or property are threatened. It may be a stolen credit card, forging of signatures, or being a victim of the telephone and computer scams we hear so much about these days.

Neglect happens when caregivers don’t tend to an older person’s needs. It can mean not giving enough food, water, clothing, housing, and medications or not helping with bathing, dressing, or paying bills. Other signs include missing or broken dentures, eye glasses, hearing aids, or walkers.

What To Do:

If you see any of these signs in a loved one, friend, or neighbor, speak up right away. It could save the person’s life.

There are many places to go for help. First, have a frank discussion with the management of the care facility. It could be that your loved one is a victim of an isolated case of a bad caregiver and management is just not aware.

If this doesn’t help, talk to Adult Protective Services.

Theodoros & Rooth stands by and also ready to help. Elder abuse is high on our list for inexcusable actions by an individual who is supposed to provide medical and emotional care.

Please, never hesitate to call Theodoros & Rooth for a free evaluation of your case. After investigation, if we determine your loved one is an innocent victim of abuse, we will aggressively represent you until justice is served.

Theodoros & Rooth.


Representing People Who Have Been Injured Through the Fault of Others.