The Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 11:09 pm    

The decision to place a loved one in an extended care facility is often difficult. However, their need for constant care and supervision makes the choice feel right; and the high cost might lead you to believe that they are in capable compassionate hands.

Consequently, when people see the early signs of abuse in their loved one, they may dismiss it as a random accident or clumsy stumble; and perhaps it was. But what if it were something more sinister? Knowing the warning signs of elder abuse could save you and your loved one future grief.

Unexplained Injury, physical trauma, and property damage

Bruises, broken bones, cuts, and even signs or symptoms of prescription drug overdose can all be indications of possible physical abuse. Additionally, broken eyeglasses, ripped clothing, and any other damage to personal items may be an indication of overt disregard for your loved one. Also, be wary of neglect in the form of malnutrition, unsanitary living conditions, and understaffing in the facility.

Changes in Mood or Behavior

No matter how nice the facility, a nursing home rarely feels like home. This change in environment alone may alter your loved ones mood or behavior. However, if they start exhibiting fear and concern for your safety, you may want to investigate further. Casually observe the way staff treats other tenants. If you notice any verbal abuse or impatience with other patients, you can feel confident that your loved one may be enduring the same harsh treatment.

Emerging Financial Problems

If your parents or grandparents have keen memories of the Depression or rationing during WW II, they may have spent their lives being frugal and watching every penny. If your loved ones credit card statement starts to show irrational purchases or cash withdrawals, you will need to find out what is going on with their finances right away. Check out this handy help guide for other signs.

Find Help Today

Elder abuse is a crime. It is also cause for civil action. You and your loved one are entitled to compensation for loss, pain, and suffering. Dont let the signs go unnoticed. If you suspect elder abuse, contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC experienced nursing home abuse lawyers in Philadelphia by calling (215) 875-7030 today.

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