Elder Abuse and Dementia Patients
Dementia patients are particularly vulnerable to elder abuse because they may be unable to communicate or understand what is happening to them. They may also be unable to report abuse or protect themselves. Caregivers, family members, and friends should be vigilant and aware of the signs of abuse.
Dementia is a devastating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Elder abuse is a serious problem that affects many seniors, including those with dementia. The vulnerability of elders with dementia puts them at an increased risk of nursing home abuse, assisted living facility abuse, hospital negligence, home health aide abuse, and more. The National Council on Aging says that one in ten Americans over the age of 60 has been abused in some way. Moreover, the vast majority of elder abuse cases go unreported. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of elder abuse and what you can do to protect your loved ones.
Types of Elder Abuse & Signs
Elder abuse takes many forms, including physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect and self-neglect. Physical abuse includes hitting, slapping, kicking, or restraining a person. Emotional abuse involves verbal attacks, intimidation, and humiliation. Sexual abuse involves any non-consensual sexual contact. Financial abuse involves theft, fraud, or exploitation of an elder’s money or property. Neglect involves failing to provide adequate care, including food, water, medication, and medical treatment.
Each type of abuse has its own warning signs, but some common signs of elder abuse include:
- Unexplained injuries or bruises or welts
- Sudden changes in behavior; such as withdrawal, agitation, anxiety, or depression
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Unexplained weight loss
- Poor hygiene or living conditions
- Unexplained changes in financial or legal documents, unpaid bills, or missing valuables
What You Can Do to Protect Your Loved Ones
Preventing elder abuse starts with education and awareness. Families and caregivers should learn how to spot the signs of abuse and what to do if they suspect that abuse is occurring to a loved one. This could mean telling the authorities about the abuse, getting legal help, or finding a safer place for the older person to live.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, talk to them and try to get them to open up about their experiences. Next, contact an experienced elder abuse attorney to discuss your legal options. They can help you file a complaint with the Department of Aging, Adult Protective Services, or any other appropriate authorities.
You can do more than just go to court to protect your loved one from abuse. For example, you can make sure they get regular visits from a trusted friend or family member, keep an eye on their finances and legal documents, watch out for the warning signs, and stay involved in their care by talking to their caregivers often.
Contact Sugarman Law Today For a Free Consultation About Your Nursing Home Neglect Case
At Sugarman Law, our attorneys have years of experience assisting families and individuals who have suffered from elder neglect and abuse. We understand the devastating impact that elder neglect can have on families. We are committed to helping our clients protect their loved ones and seek justice for those who have been mistreated. Our experienced elder neglect lawyers can help you navigate the complex legal system and make sure that your loved one’s rights are protected. If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, contact Sugarman Law today. We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal options and help you get the justice your loved one deserves. Don’t wait to take action. Contact us and let us help you protect your loved one’s rights.