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Signs of Elder Abuse: When to Intervene

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Taking care of your elder loved ones is something that many individuals experience in their lifetime. It can be a rewarding experience to ensure that they receive the best care possible, providing them with the support they need. Unfortunately, it is common for caretakers and givers, even when seeming reputable, to engage in elder abuse.

Bush & Taylor, P.C. can help you understand and identify the signs of elder abuse to help keep your loved ones safe.

Signs of Elder Abuse

When elder abuse occurs, our loved ones will go through changes. By monitoring their behavior and physical well-being, you can see the changes and signs of abuse. This will give you a greater opportunity to stop what is occurring and protect your elders. There are different forms of elder abuse, specifically: financial, emotional, physical, and sexual. Within these types of abuse, there are more specific warning signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Your loved one is not speaking to you as much, or seems withdrawn

  • Your loved one has physical injuries, ranging from bruises to fractures

  • Your loved one has suddenly lost a large amount of weight

  • Your loved one has lost a large amount of money or has more transactions than usual

  • Your loved one is demonstrating signs of stress, depression, or anxiety

This is not an exhaustive list of signs of elder abuse. Your loved one may demonstrate in different ways. However, these are some of the most common signs.

When Caregivers Are Abusive

It is typically the caregiver that engages in elder abuse. This is why it is critical to monitor those who are in charge of your elder’s care. Keep in mind the following potential warning signs from caregivers:

  • They fail to provide consistent reasoning for any injuries

  • They treat your loved one with indifference

  • They do not allow your loved one to speak to you alone

  • They treat your loved one as if they are a burden

  • They display signs of aggression or hostility towards your loved one

If you monitor your elder’s caregiver for these signs, you are more likely to catch abuse early. Typically, the red flags are first displayed by the caregiver.

Bush & Taylor, P.C. Can Help

If you believe that your elder’s caregiver is abusive, we can help investigate the matter. Our elder law attorneys will ensure that your loved one receives compensation where it’s due. Bush & Taylor, P.C. is experienced in elder law cases and will provide high-quality representation.

Reach our office today at (757) 926-0078 to schedule a consultation.