Combatting the Silent Epidemic of Elder Abuse in Care Facilities

Sad woman on her bed after facing elder abuse. Contact the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff, Jr. if this happened to you or a loved one.

As the population of elderly people continues to grow, elder abuse in care facilities has become a silent epidemic. It is important to understand the signs of elder abuse and how to combat it to ensure the safety and well-being of our loved ones. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the common signs of elder abuse in care facilities and provide tips on how to prevent it.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the intentional use of force that results in bodily harm, pain, or impairment. Signs of physical abuse can include unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns, broken bones, and a sudden change in behavior.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the intentional infliction of mental anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts. Signs of emotional abuse can include withdrawal from activities, sudden changes in mood or behavior, and fear or anxiety around certain staff members.

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse is the unauthorized use of an elderly person's funds or property for personal gain. Signs of financial abuse can include missing money or valuables, unexplained or sudden changes in financial documents, and unauthorized transactions.

Neglect

Neglect is the failure to provide necessary care, assistance, or supervision that results in harm or a serious risk of harm. Signs of neglect can include poor hygiene, malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, and untreated medical conditions.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any sexual activity that is forced, coerced, or unwanted. Signs of sexual abuse can include unexplained bruises or injuries to the genital area, torn or bloody underwear, and sudden changes in behavior or mood.

Preventing elder abuse in care facilities involves being vigilant and proactive. Some tips to prevent elder abuse include visiting your loved one often, asking questions about their care, and reporting any signs of abuse to the appropriate authorities.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a care facility, it is important to take action immediately. Contacting an experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you understand your legal options and ensure that your loved one receives the justice they deserve.

At the Law Office of Tom Wagstaff Jr., LLC, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims of elder abuse in care facilities. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you and your loved ones.

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