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