Keeping Mom and Dad Safe – The Signs of Elder Abuse

elder abuseSelecting a care facility or caregiver for an aging parent is never an easy process. In addition to price, services and amenities, knowing that the staff will treat them with the utmost care and respect is a top priority. Sadly, elder abuse is a common issue for individuals 60 and older.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) nearly one in ten individuals over the age of 60 are the victim of some form of elder abuse. The organization defines elder abuse as “physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.” Most people consider nursing home situations to be the most common location for the occurrence of elder abuse, however, abusers can also include children, other family members and spouses.

Sadly, elder abuse is often unreported. The NCOA suggests that only one in fourteen cases of abuse are ever brought to the attention of law enforcement officials. The elderly more vulnerable to abuse because they often live in social isolation. Additionally, conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can create distinct mental impairments. Because of this, family members must be aware of the signs of elder abuse so that they can advocate on behalf of their loved ones.

If you suspect your loved one is the victim of elder abuse, it is important to contact law enforcement officials immediately. In addition, seek the counsel of a compassionate legal professional with expertise in the area of elder and nursing home abuse.

At McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, our attorneys are experienced in helping the victims of elder abuse and their families get the compensation they deserve. Contact us for a free consultation.

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