[Page updated: 02-08-2021] – Elder abuse is not that hard to spot. You need to know the signs and symptoms an abused dependent will exhibit. Here, Ehline Law’s to-notch elder abuse attorney, Mike Ehline, will address some of the most common signs and what to do when spotted. As seen in Newsweek Magazine, our personal injury litigators are among the elite elder law attorneys in California, with proven results after representing thousands of Los Angeles injury victims over the last 15 years in service.
There are some common signs of abuse, so know what they are:
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse can include bedsores, poor hygiene, weight loss, and malnutrition, including dehydration.
- Elder may frequently fall, having unexplained signs of injury like bruises with broken bones, sprains, joint dislocations, and welts, with some injuries appearing symmetrically on both sides.
- Observers can identify physical abuse signs with evidence of broken eyeglasses or frames or a caregiver’s refusal to allow the family to visit the elder alone or symbols on the senior’s ankles and wrists of restraint use.
- Soiled bedding: covered with dirt, bugs, and soiled clothing or wearing clothing not appropriate for the weather. (all elder abuse signs). Also, caretakers leaving a person dirty or unbathed are signs of unsafe living conditions, including no heating, no running water or housing equipped with faulty electrical wiring, or other fire hazards.
- Desertion: Caretakers charged with your loved one’s care may not abandon them or leave them somewhere without guidance.
- Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse can cause the older adult to become fearful, depressed, and withdrawn. A controlling or abusive caregiver may belittle or harangue their patient. (Ex: Caretakers, nurses, and medical assistants may mimic the older adult with dementia by mumbling or pretending to talk to themselves). Elders will display abuse symptoms like sucking or rocking, make incoherent statements or become withdrawn. Families need to look out for these things.
- Financial Abuse: Financial abuse can be significant withdrawals from the elder’s account. Doctors could use duplicate billing for medical services, using the same procedure to bill for different things. Often, items will be lost or missing from the elder’s possession, with staff stealing personal items, etc. You may also see the power of attorney document changes, including amendments to wills, policies, and real estate titles. Elderly abuse signs may be demonstrated with evidence of unpaid bills when a conservator or appointed person received payment to balance the dependent adult’s checkbook. Or you may see financial activities with ATM withdrawals, subscriptions, goods, or unnecessary services, often criminally perpetrated upon bedridden, elderly account holders. You may see the bank added someone to the older adult’s signature card.
- Neglect: When caretakers fail to properly care for a person or persons, including a disabled or dependent adult, they will be held liable for civil negligence. You can find evidence of neglect from the caretaker’s failure to assist the victims with their daily living activities, including personal hygiene, bathing, grooming, toileting, and providing food or clothing. Neglect can include failure to provide shelter, protection from safety and health hazards. When your caretaker fails to provide proper medical care that meets the elder’s physical and mental needs, including prevention of malnourishment or dehydration, are all evidence of adult abuse.
- Abduction: When someone removes an elderly, disabled, or dependent person from California, preventing them from returning to California without the removing person’s consent, this is called abduction and is illegal. A conservative senior’s partial consent in moving locations will not be enough for a conservator to avoid criminal and civil repercussions in a California court.
- Abandonment: Abandonment is the willful forsaking or desertion of an elderly, disabled, or dependent adult by persons entrusted with the individual’s custody. These are defendants who would provide reasonable care and control.
- Isolation: When a person like a nurse intentionally prevents a senior, disabled, or dependent adult from having contact with their family and friends, they have “isolated” that individual. Isolation examples include forbidding your patient from receiving telephone calls or restricting mail privileges. Caretakers using physical restraints preventing visits or outside contact will also be considered isolation under California State Law.
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