What Is Elder Abuse?
According to a study from the National Center on Elder Abuse “between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.” Abusers can include doctors, nurses, home health workers, or others. As disturbing as this is, only 1 in 14 incidents are reported to the proper authorities. If someone you love has been the victim of elder abuse, contact a Philadelphia elder abuse attorney for help.
Types of Elder Abuse
There are many forms of elder abuse, which can vary and include the following:
- Physical Abuse – When caregivers physically hit, shove, or otherwise mishandle an elder and causes them bodily harm.
- Sexual Abuse – When receives sexual contact without consenting or does not have the ability to consent.
- Emotional Abuse – When a verbal assault causes emotional damage and robs them of their dignity.
- Financial Abuse – When a predator uses an elder’s naiveté or confusion on a topic for financial gain – such as identity theft, pyramid schemes, etc.
- Neglect – When a caregiver neglects to perform basic tasks and the elder cannot perform them on their own. This can include not feeding washing, or turning the individual.
Other Disturbing Statistics on Elder Abuse
- The “Long Term Care Ombudsman” found that physical abuse was the most common form of elder abuse.
- Financial exploitation is one of the most under-reported forms of elder abuse. Financial abuse victims only report 1 out of every 25 cases to the authorities. Cases often go unreported due to the elder’s relationship with the predator.
What to do if you Suspect Elder Abuse
If you suspect someone you care about is being subjected to any form of elder abuse, it is important to act immediately. This is essential in stopping the abuse and in collecting any evidence. For example, elders who live in assisted care facilities and have their own rooms may be able to place hidden monitoring devices in the rooms. It is also important to contact the authorities in order to fill out a report and begin an investigation into the abuse.
Lopez McHugh LLP: Elder Abuse Attorneys
If someone you love, your parent, grandparent, or other elderly relative has been the victim of elder abuse in Philadelphia, contact our office immediately to discuss your options at no cost. Time limitations apply to your potential claims, so call us today to protect your loved one.