Every year hundreds of thousands of older persons are victims of abuse. Most, are frail and vulnerable. The abusers may be family members, friends or trusted individuals.
Abuse may be broadly defined as:
- Physical Abuse – inflicting pain or injury to a senior such as slapping, bruising, or physical or chemical restraining.
- Sexual Abuse – Any non-consensual sexual contact.
- Neglect – Failure to provide food, shelter, health care or protection.
- Exploitation – Illegally taking, misusing or concealing of the senior’s funds, property or assets.
- Emotional Abuse – inflicting mental pain, anguish or distress on the elderly via humiliation, intimidation or threatening.
- Abandonment – Desertion of the elderly by whomever has assumed their care.
- Self-neglect – Failure of the elderly to perform the tasks that are needed for their own safety or health.
There are some tell-tale signs of elder abuse. One sign does not necessarily mean there is a problem, but it certainly warrants being on the alert.
The first sign would be bruises, broken bones, pressure marks or abrasions. The second would be a sudden and unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, or a change in alertness, or even depression. Sexual abuse indicators would be bruising around the breasts or genital areas. Exploitation would show itself in a sudden change in financial situations. Signs of abuse through neglect would be bedsores, unattended medical needs, weight loss, and poor hygiene. Frequent arguments and tense relations between the caregiver and the elderly person are signs of emotional abuse.
Most of the elderly suffer in silence, so it is up to you to watch for the signs. The Kabb Law Firm care coordinators are trained to be on the look out for signs of elder abuse at each and every visit they make to our clients.
If you are in doubt, or suspicious of any abuse, please call us at once at the Kabb Law Firm: 216-991-KABB (5222).