When most people think of elder abuse, they often think of a resident in
an assisted care facility who has experienced neglect due to a lack of
vigilance on the part of the caretakers there. While this does happen,
it is unfortunately only one form this type of abuse can take. Below,
we take a closer look at the different ways elder abuse can be perpetrated
and what families can do to recognize and rectify it.
Neglect occurs when caretakers do not exercise the attention needed to
properly tend to elderly person's well-being. This can be as simple
as not keeping up with a medication regimen or as serious as missing important
hygiene tasks or allowing bedsores to develop.
Abandonment is similar to neglect but, instead of inconsistent caretaking,
abandonment occurs when caretakers never return to their duties. This
form of abuse is rare in assisted living facilities (when staff is constantly
rotating), but is more common when elderly patients are receiving in-home
care at their own residence.
Elderly caretakers shouldn't just be taking care of a patient's
physical well-being, but their mental one, as well. Unfortunately, some
of these caretakers are guilty of verbal abuse or other actions that prey
on the mental state of a patient such as trickery, bullying, and isolation.
Any unwanted contact (that is unrelated or unneeded in the care of a patient)
or threats of unwanted physical contact can constitute physical abuse.
This form of abuse can result in both physical and psychological injuries
and needs to be taken very seriously.
Sexual abuse occurs when patients are forced, coerced, threatened, or tricked
into engaging in sexual activity by their caretakers. This includes instances
when a patient may suffer from a cognitive issue, such as dementia, and
cannot consent to this kind of activity.
If you believe that your elderly loved one has been the victim of any of
these forms of abuse,
Norman Taylor & Associates is ready to hear from you. Contact us today to speak with our dedicated
and knowledgeable Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys to learn more about
your legal options.
Take aggressive steps to hold the responsible parties accountable. Call
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