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Nursing home abuse

Dementia Patients Are At Greater Risk Of Abuse

February 19, 2018 by Carrie Capouellez
elder law attorneys

Dementia can be a devastating condition for patients and their families. Many families of dementia patients are unable to provide the constant and specialized care required and turn to nursing homes and other in-home care options for their loved one. Unfortunately, dementia patients are particularly vulnerable to abuse because of their condition. Loved ones of dementia patients need to understand the abuse warning signs to help keep them safe.

Why Are Dementia Patients At Risk?

Dementia patients are at a higher risk of abuse because their condition often prevents them from remembering the abuse or prevents them from remembering exactly what happened. For patients who do recall instances of abuse, the signs can be similar to the symptoms of dementia. Many abuse victims respond to abuse by withdrawing from loved ones or experiencing explosive emotions. These are both symptoms of dementia itself, making it difficult for loved ones to determine the cause of their behavior. Patients with dementia are neither always in the right state of mind nor have the mental capacity to take care of themselves. This makes them particularly vulnerable to financial abuse.

What Loved Ones Can Do

When selecting a nursing home or in-home caregiver for your loved one with dementia, it is absolutely crucial that the facility or caregiver has training and experience with dementia patients. Caring for a dementia patient is not the same as caring for other elderly patients. Without the appropriate training and experience, your loved one will not get the care they need.

If you notice any suspicious bruises or changes in your loved one’s finances, you need to immediately report it to the authorities and contact an experienced elder law attorney. These could be signs of abuse. If your loved one reports any abuse to you, whether its verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, or financial, you need to immediately contact local police. All claims of abuse should be taken seriously and immediately acted upon.

Call The Elder Law Attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP At The First Sign of Abuse

Elder abuse isn’t just wrong – it’s illegal. If you notice your elderly loved one exhibiting signs of abuse, do not wait to call Lopez McHugh LLP. Our experienced elder law attorneys can help put a stop to the abuse and get your loved one the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and our elders are no exception. We fight aggressively for our clients, so call us today to see how we can help.

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