Due to the infirmities and health risks involved with old age, far too many signs of abuse are dismissed as accidents, symptoms of dementia, or simply changing outlook. However, the elderly are like any other group of people—when they are being abused, there are clear red flags. If you want to keep your loved ones safe, pay attention to their physical state.
If you suspect abuse, our Kansas City nursing home abuse lawyers know what to do to keep your cherished family members safe, healthy, and away from abusive or neglectful staff.
Neglect is perhaps the broadest, most vague form of abuse, but it still has clear signs. If you see any of the following signs, consider calling Peterson & Associates, P.C. Our experience with nursing home abuse allows us to identify abuse with confidence and experience, and we will know how to act quickly and find a safe environment for your loved one.
Some of the most common signs of neglect:
Physical abuse will often be disguised as medical accidents or falls by those responsible. If you begin to see a pattern of the below signs (or even just one), seriously consider removing your loved one from a potentially abusive long-term care facility:
Not all markers are physically obvious. Pay attention to your loved one’s personality and behavior. It may indicate that the staff is psychologically abusive, using swearing, yelling, and insults on the residents. How do they respond to you? To staff?
The more vigilant you are, the more you’ll be able to spot troubling signs such as:
Unfortunately, financial abuse is more common than many people realize. Preying on the vulnerability of residents, abusive nursing home staffers have been known to steal the financial information of those in their care. Most of the time, seniors will not report financial abuse because the abuser is usually someone they have a close relationship with—not reporting is commonly done by victims to prevent embarrassment while protecting the abuser.
Keep an eye for these common signs:
Likely the most tragic of all nursing home abuses. In a 2000 study published by the Journal of Abuse, 70% of all sex abuse incidents occurred in a nursing home. Another study found that the older a victim was, the less likely the offender would be convicted. This particular type of abuse requires sensitivity to your loved one’s trauma, while remaining dedicated to investigating the problem.
Spotting abuse simply requires all of us to be vigilant, observant, and willing to face the truth. If you suspect your elderly family member is being abused in any way, call Peterson & Associates, P.C. at (816) 298-8708.
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