A man taking care of his wife due to her declining health lashes out and strikes her one day. Was this a case of caregiver stress or something much more intentional? Unfortunately situations like this happen way too often, whether it be a spouse or simply a caregiver.
Signs of Elder Abuse
If you work with seniors or have an older adult in your life paying attention to the signs of abuse and violence can be hugely important in getting that person the help they so desperately need.
In the 80s and 90s much of the research concluded that the abuse came largely from caregiver stress. Today we know that caregiver stress is not an excuse to lash out at someone and that most of the time caregiver stress is just an excuse to avoid taking responsibility for their actions.
While elder abuse may take various forms, there are usually signs to look for such as obvious marks on body, poor hygiene, STDs, and missing money / large unexplained withdrawals from the older adult’s bank account.
Have you or a loved one been a victim of Elder Abuse in California?
It’s important to get help right away, especially if there are clear warning signs / symptoms of abuse taking place. The Peck Law Group elder abuse attorneys in Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley, and throughout California specialize in this type of law and offer a complimentary case evaluation. Please call today to find out if you have a case at 866-999-9085 so that we can bring those responsible to justice.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.