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What is Elder Abuse?

Many clients have asked, “what is elder abuse, exactly?” Elder Abuse is any act committed against an individual 60 years or older that causes harm. Senior abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, neglectful caregiving, or psychological harm caused by the abuser.

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Elder abuse in nursing homes is all too common. Nursing homes have a duty to keep you safe and healthy. If you or a loved one has been injured from elder abuse, you might be able to get compensation. At Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law, we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Reach out today.

Nursing homes are a common place where elder abuse takes place. It’s important family members or loved ones often visit and look for the signs of elder abuse.

Signs of Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse

There are many signs of senior abuse to look out for. Let’s go over those in greater detail.

Dirty Living Conditions, Poor Nutrition, and Poor Medical Care

Senior abuse occurs when someone fails to provide an elder with the necessary goods and services to maintain their health or causes physical or mental harm. The needs of elder adults vary widely depending on age, physical condition, mental capacity, and other factors. One sign of abuse can be bedsores, weight loss, lice, bedbugs, bruising, and more.

Denying, Ignoring, or Concealing an Elder's Needs

Family members need to recognize specific responsibilities for taking care of the elderly. Such responses may include:

  • Using the law to prevent other family members from harming the elder.
  • Refusing a dependent's requests to leave home.
  • Refusing to provide needed services, medications, or accommodations.
  • Failing to take needed actions when an elderly dependent is threatened with harm.

The Use of Physical Force That Causes Injury

Physical abuse includes acts that physically harm the elder. In addition to causing bodily harm, physical abuse also includes using unreasonable force, such as repeatedly twisting an elder's arm, hitting someone with a cane, shaking someone violently, and causing injury or damage to their body.

Failing to Obtain the Elder's Informed Consent

Family members need to understand that elders have a right to decide whether they want to receive care and services or refuse them. They also have a right not to accept unwanted care and services. When an elder is coerced or pressured into receiving care and assistance, they may be experiencing elder abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse includes sexual activity between an elder and a caregiver. Sexual activity between an older and younger adult is elder abuse if the older person is mentally disabled or unable to consent.

Theft

A person who intentionally takes an elder's money, or property without permission is committing elder abuse. Sometimes, a caregiver may deny that the elder's property was stolen and claim that the elder permitted them to take it.

Tying Up an Elder Without Consent

Tying up an older adult without their consent is a form of physical abuse and neglect. It can also injure and harm when the victim tries to escape.

Things You Should Do If You Suspect Senior Abuse

Here’s what to do if you suspect elder abuse in a nursing home.

Call the Local Police

If you suspect that an elder is being abused or neglected, call the local police. It is against the law for someone to harm or neglect an elder.

Report Allegations of Abuse and Neglect to Adult Protective Services

Contact Adult Protective Services in your state if you suspect an older person is being abused or neglected. An Investigator from Adult Protective Services will respond. Please note that if you contact Adult Protective Services, the sender should be prepared to provide specific information about the alleged incident.

The number for California's Adult Protective Services is: 1-833-401-0832

Keep a Log of Incidents

Write down all telephone calls, visits, and all other interactions with the elder. It's crucial you write down all the signs of elder abuse in nursing homes- and when you noticed them. These may include caretakers, relatives, neighbors, and other professionals. Try to record the date and time when the incident occurred.

Contact Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law

Elder abuse in nursing homes is all too common. Nursing homes have a duty to keep you safe and healthy. If you or a loved one has been injured mentally, financially, or physically at a nursing home due to abuse, you might be able to get compensation. At Queen Yasmine Injury Law, we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Reach out today to get started.

Ways to Prevent Senior Abuse

There are many ways to prevent senior abuse as a caregiver or family member.

Meet Your Responsibilities as a Caregiver

You have a legal responsibility to provide care to people in your care. As a provider of the elder's health care, you are responsible for providing appropriate and necessary medical treatment.

Don't Take Over an Elder's Finances.

It would be best to ask the elder for permission before taking control of their money, property, bank account, or other property. You should never touch an older person's money without consent, regardless of whether you believe you are helping them.

Practice Good Hygiene in Your Nursing Home

It would help to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water before handling an older patient's food or fluids.

Never Hit an Older Person or Force Them to do Anything

If you are caring for an elder and want to get help with a behavior problem, talk with a doctor. It would be best if you also spoke with the elder's doctor or other health care providers to understand elder abuse. They can talk about the options available to you.

You should not hit an older person or force them to do something they do not want, such as taking medications that make them uncomfortable.

Contact Queen Yasmine Personal Injury Law

Elder abuse in nursing homes is all too common. Nursing homes have a duty to keep you safe and healthy. If you or a loved one has been injured mentally, financially, or physically at a nursing home due to abuse, you might be able to get compensation. At Queen Yasmine Injury Law, we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Call today.

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