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Understanding the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Posted on November 10, 2015

Elder abuse is one of the least recognized forms of violence today. With an aging Baby Boomer population, the number of seniors expected to go into the nation’;s nursing homes is expected to go way up. If you plan to trust your loved one to the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility in Florida, it’;s important to know and understand the types of potential abuse, exploitation, and fraud seniors might encounter.

There are several forms of abuse that senior citizens can deal with in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The most common types of abuse are physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Over-medication, undernourishment, and neglect are also abuse.

Here are some of the most common signs of elder abuse:

  • Marks on the person’;s body, such as bruises, bumps, scratches, burns, etc.
  • The person becomes withdrawn or even violent. Behavioral changes are often an indicator of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
  • Sudden changes in the person’;s finances, such as more trips to the bank, or unusual credit card activity.
  • Unkempt appearance and the person appears to be lacking in personal hygiene.

There are several steps you can take prevent or recognize signs of abuse right away. Visit your loved one often and in different times of day. Talk to staff members to determine if your loved one’;s needs are being met. Be vigilant about their finances. Report any instances of suspected abuse to the management. If you suspect criminal activity, contact local law enforcement right away.

If you believe your loved one has been abused, exploited, or neglected, contact a Jacksonville elder abuse attorney for more information about pursuing your legal rights.

Farah & Farah can help. Contact us at (800) 533-3555 to discuss your situation.