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Elder abuse is an issue that can take place in the person’s home or in a nursing home. There are several kinds of abuse that one must look at when it comes to deciding on how to charge the person who commits the crime.
This is the intentional physical abuse of an elderly individual. It is not something that is done by accident. The abuse can be done by the hand or foot, or it can be done with an object. Sometimes, the abuse is not detected immediately because the person is too afraid to say anything or has been threatened. At times, there are no physical signs of the abuse as the person might not hit the individual hard enough. However, if there are any signs of pain when the individual is touched or if there are bruises and scratches on the body that can’t be explained, then they could be signs that abuse has taken place. The inappropriate use of drugs and restraints is also considered physical abuse. These situations often occur in nursing homes when workers give too much medication, making the person sleepy or when restraints are used in a manner that prevents movement.
Verbal And Non-Verbal
When someone yells or intimidates an elderly individual, this is considered verbal abuse. Someone might ridicule the person, giving insults because the individual is unable to provide personal care without help. The elderly individual might get blamed for accidents that might occur while in bed or while sitting in a chair. Sometimes, the elderly person might get ignored. The person might not receive any kind of treatment and be left in a room for extended periods of time. This is another type of abuse that often takes place in nursing homes. Workers often leave residents in one place without bathing, offering snacks or providing the care that is needed for the person to be comfortable during the day. Neglect can sometimes be unintentional if there are too many patients for the worker to care for in the nursing home. This would fall back on the management of the facility as coordinators are responsible for making sure there are enough workers for the number of residents in the building.
Family members and health care providers can abuse elderly individuals by taking money from them or scamming them out of money. If there is someone responsible for the money of the individual, then it’s easy for that person to keep the money instead of using it to purchase the items that are needed, such as food, clothing and toiletries. Health care workers who are responsible for managing money in a nursing home might keep a portion to buy what they want instead of spending the entire amount on the individual.
If you suspect that a family member has suffered from elderly abuse, an attorney can help get the compensation for the pain and suffering involved and seek some type of punishment for the person who committed the abuse. The severity of the abuse will determine whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony. It’s best to give any pictures to the attorney of abuse that has been seen as well as any documents that have been signed by a doctor. This information will often support the claim that the person is a victim. Financial records should also be submitted if there is money missing from a bank account.