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Elder Abuse

In a perfect world, people would treat the elderly with all the care and respect they deserve. However, some people target seniors due to vulnerabilities imposed by health issues, cognitive decline, and social isolation. These factors create the perfect environment for elder abuse, which can occur at the hands of a stranger, family member, or nursing home staff.

Here at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC, we know how difficult it is to watch your loved one experience ill-treatment. We also know that elder abuse can lead to physical, mental, and financial issues in victims. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping families facing these issues.

Common Signs of Elder Abuse

It’s not always easy to recognize the signs of elder abuse. Additionally, this type of abuse can take on many forms, which means that signs can vary from person to person. However, the following signs usually indicate that it’s time to intervene into your loved one’s life to ensure their safety and well-being:

  • Poor Hygiene – Seniors often need assistance with grooming and bathing when they experience mobility issues. When they don’t get the help they need, their clothing and appearance will be unkempt.
  • Lack of Money – Some people target seniors for financial exploitation. In this case, the person may be unable to cover living expenses or find that their savings have been totally depleted.
  • Unexplained Injuries – Physical abuse can cause bruises, lacerations, broken bones, head trauma, and many other injuries. Additionally, the senior is likely to experience injuries on a regular basis when abuse is a factor.
  • Changes to Mood – All forms of abuse take a mental toll on a person. Your loved one may appear withdrawn or forlorn. They may choose to isolate themselves and refuse to speak to others. They may also develop issues with anxiety and depression because of their abuse.

These signs don’t always mean that elder abuse is occurring, but they do require intervention from the family of the person exhibiting them.

How to Speak with a Senior About Elder Abuse

If you suspect an elderly loved one is being mistreated, sit them down in private to discuss the matter. If they admit to being a victim of abusive or neglectful behavior, remove them from the situation immediately to preserve their health and safety. If it’s not possible to remove the person from the situation right away, contact the appropriate authorities to make the matter known.

Once you’ve safeguarded your elderly loved one against future harm, you can begin weighing your legal options. You’ll need a skilled attorney by your side, and our team at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC is more than qualified to help. We have experience with nursing home abuse and other forms of elderly mistreatment, so you can rest assured that your case will be handled appropriately.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation at our firm.

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