Elder abuse and neglect can happen due to mistreatment occurring in residential facilities, like nursing homes. Often, elder abuse is done by those who are trusted to provide the elderly with care and protection. Common forms of elder abuse and neglect include physical abuse, emotional and sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and abandonment. It is important to be aware of the warning signs of the different forms of abuse, so you can make sure your elderly family members are not suffering from abuse.
Warning Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect
- Your loved one has difficulty getting around or has become immobile due to lack of caregiver assistance when it comes to daily walking and exercise programs.
- Your loved one has developed poor hygiene, including wearing dirty clothes, smelling of feces or urine, body odor or unwashed hair due to lack of basic personal care.
- Your loved one has broken bones, bruises, cuts or scratches that are unexplained and may have occurred due to rough handling during transfers or force feeding or may have occurred during medicine administration.
- Your loved one is experiencing confusion or drowsiness or has begun sleeping during most of the time they are awake as a result of a medication overdose or adverse side effects to medication which are unmonitored and unresolved.
- Your loved one has developed pressure sores (bedsores) as a result of improper caretaking.
- Your loved one has become withdrawn and has started to show a lack of interest in their favorite activities.
If you suspect that your elderly loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, contact The Peck Law Group today. The Peck Law Group has successfully handled many cases involving elder abuse and neglect occurring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and their attorneys are ready to help you.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.