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.
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.
There are many signs of senior abuse to look out for. Let’s go over those in greater detail.
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.
Family members need to recognize specific responsibilities for taking care of the elderly. Such responses may include:
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Here’s what to do if you suspect elder abuse in a nursing home.
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.
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
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.
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.
There are many ways to prevent senior abuse as a caregiver or family member.
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.
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.
It would help to practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water before handling an older patient's food or fluids.
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.
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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