Abuse of the elderly can be quite common, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay or that it should be tolerated. Many older adults rely heavily on their hired caregivers to help them with daily tasks such as cleaning the home, paying bills, bathing, eating and ensuring they take the required medication on time. However, this responsibility can be stressful and overwhelming for caregivers sometimes, which may open the door to abuse. If you’re suspicious that your loved one is being abused by their caregiver, then you need to consult with an elder neglect attorney as soon as possible.
Understanding Abuse and How to Spot It
Abuse can be financial, physical, mental, and sexual or even being abandoned or neglected. The fact of the matter is abuse comes in many forms and can be a one-time occurrence or an ongoing situation so it is important to know what to look for. There are some warning signs to watch for if you suspect your loved one is being abused. If your loved one is suddenly frightened to being left alone with the caregiver or they are withdrawn. If they recoil when you reach out to touch them or you notice bedsores and bruises, chances are good that something is amiss and you need to keep a closer eye on your loved one.
Get an Elder Neglect Attorney Involved
No matter if you see the physical signs of abuse or your loved one spoke up and told you, the next step for you to take is to get an elder neglect attorney involved. When consulting with the lawyer inform them of what you heard or seen and if at all possible have your loved one with you so they can also speak with the attorney. Depending on the circumstances a lawyer may have an expert review your claim and any records which are available. Once the review has been completed, an attorney will contact you letting you know if you have a case or not.