What is Elder Abuse and Elder Abuse Reporting?
Sadly, every year hundreds of thousands of elderly people, beloved parents and grandparents are abused, mistreated and neglected. Seniors too frail or in a vulnerable psychiatric state can’t speak up. Other times, families aren’t sure what the signs are. Shocking as this may sound; elder abuse is common from both women and men, or people in your trusted circle. It’s complicated and sad.
Elder abuse is acting with intent to harm. A caregiver knows they are putting someone’s life at risk. All 50 states have some kind of elder abuse law in place. However, navigating the legal terrain is often challenging.
Below is a list of common types of elder abuse. We know this is difficult to read because it seems unfathomable. Unfortunately, it’s a horrifying reality. The best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge, tools and resources to make sure you provide the best care for yourself or your loved one.
- Health Risk Neglect: For example, if you or your loved one is suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, chronic bladder or kidney infections, or bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, your caregiver is not taking proper care of your health needs.
- Emotional Abuse: Can be characterized as any kind of verbal abuse, inflicting emotional duress on another person, intimidating or humiliating someone, as well as threatening their lives or livelihood.
- Financial Gain/Exploitation: Seniors in vulnerable psychiatric or physical situations can be exploited. Unseemly caregivers might conceal funds, property or steal a senior’s assets.
- Neglect: Neglect encapsulates a lot of broad terms. For example, if a caregiver refuses food, shelter or proper health care, all of this puts an elder person in a vulnerable and dangerous position.
- Abandonment: Essentially, when a caregiver doesn’t provide proper care, they can go so far as to abandon an elder person, placing them in harm’s way.
- Sexual Abuse: Non-consensual sex of any kind. If an elderly person doesn’t have the mental facilities to say no, it’s sexual abuse. If a senior is forced to participate in any sexual act without their consent, it’s sexual abuse. Again, we know this is difficult to hear and read.
- Physical Abuse: Slapping, pushing, shoving, punching, restraining, kicking, et al, are all forms of physical abuse inflicted upon seniors. Sometimes physical abuse can also incur by using medications improperly.
Elder Abuse Reporting
Whether you’re a senior or a family member responsible for the care of a loved one, knowing what to look for and how to report elder abuse is very important. Think of it as being armed with knowledge and resources so you know what to look for.
If you suspect elder abuse, you can report it to Adult Protective Services and you can also speak with an Elder abuse attorney in Los Angeles at the Peck Law Group. Call us toll-free at (866) 999.9085.
Here are some more telltale signs to look for:
- Bruises, broken bones, abrasions or bumps
- Bruising or lesions on or around breasts and the groin area.
- Pressure sores, a red sore. This could also resemble an open wound. If left untreated, not to sound alarmist, pressures sores can lead to death. There are different stages of Pressure sores, I, II, III, IV. Please read more about this on our blog by clicking this link.
- If you or your loved one is retreating or uninterested in participating in usual activities, this could be a sign of elder abuse.
- If you overhear an elderly person being threatened or belittled by their caregiver
- Changes in finances. For example, if you or your loved one’s bank accounts have dwindled and you’re their legal guardian, it’s possible you or your loved one is being financially violated.
- Depression is a big indicator, too.
Elder Abuse Attorney Los Angeles
Peck Law Group offices are located in Van Nuys and Pleasant Hill, California. Our attorneys serve clients in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Orange County, Riverside, Ontario, San Bernardino, San Diego, Oakland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and all other regions of California. How can we help you? Call toll free at (866) 999-9085 to contact us today for a free consultation.