No one wants to think that their loved one could be the victim of elder abuse but unfortunately it happens all too often. In many cases, the person responsible for the abuse takes it for granted that no one will notice the abuse. Due to the fact that many signs of elder abuse are similar to natural signs of aging, it is very important that you know all the signs and when to take action.
Keep reading to find out more. If you haver reason to believe that your loved one is being abused, call the authorities immediately. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to help assure that the at-fault parties are held accountable.
Keep an Eye Out for These Symptoms
When you visit your loved one, check to see if any of these common symptoms of elder abuse apply:
- Bed sores
- Sudden infections with no apparent cause
- Pale complexion
- Changes to their medication
- Broken bones
- Bruises or injuries that cannot be explained
- Poor nutrition
- Weight gain or loss
As you can see, many of these symptoms are indeed common symptoms of aging. Just the fact that one or more of these is present does not mean that your loved one is the victim of elder abuse. However, if you see a pattern over time, if the facility does not have explanations for what is happening, or does not seem to care, then it may be time to call in the authorities.
Steps to Take If You Suspect Elder Abuse
If you have reason to suspect that elder abuse is taking place then your top priority is to get your loved one to a safe space. This may involve calling in the authorities, checking your loved one out of the facility, or checking them out on a day pass. There are different rules at various facilities. While you do want to get your loved one to a safe place, you do not want to raise suspicion until you know your loved one is in a safe place.
Once you have gotten them to a safe place, call the authorities if you have not yet done so. Give them any evidence you have, whether witnesses they can talk to, pictures of the abuse, or more. The next move is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for help.
We may be able to recover compensation for the damages. This can serve a number of purposes. First, it can help assure that the at-fault party is held accountable. The sad truth is that these facilities sometimes only understand how serious an issue is when they have to pay for it financially. Second, it can provide necessary funds for medical care and to start a new life at a new facility. Contact us at 800-333-0000 now to learn more.