Unfortunately, elder abuse should be on your mind if you have an aging loved one in a care facility or under the care of a hired caregiver. Seniors are vulnerable to scammers who take advantage of their trusting hearts and empty their wallets or abuse them physically and mentally.
What can you do to protect the seniors in your life? Watch for early signs of elder abuse.
5 Signs of Elder Abuse
When you suspect any abuse, please speak with your loved one privately and never stop digging until you get answers. Here are some sure signs to watch for:
1. Large Money Withdrawals: Financial elder abuse is rampant. Scammers will do whatever it takes to steal money from the vulnerable. Watch your loved one’s bank accounts and ask about any missing money.
2. Caregiver Never Leaves Them Alone: If the caregiver does not give you a chance to speak to your loved one in private, be assertive and fight for time alone so that you can ask how things are going.
3. Bruises or Scratches: Seniors who are physically abused may try to hide bruises and scratches. Contact authorities immediately if you notice any irregularities in their physical appearance, including signs of starvation.
4. Mood Swings: If your calm and pleasant loved one is suddenly short-tempered and irritable, something may be bothering them. Watch for changes in personality as a sign to start digging for the root of the issue.
5. Quiet and Withdrawn: Similarly, your loved one may keep conversations short or non-existent as they isolate themselves during this time of trouble. Do not let them.
Get to the bottom of elder abuse to keep your loved one safe. Talk openly about what is going on with their lives and check in regularly. When your aging family member fosters a relationship of trust with you, they will confide in you.
Contact a Lawyer for Help
We want to help you take care of your aging loved one. Miles & Hatcher, LLP, is on top of any case of elder abuse to ensure justice and safety for those involved. Call to speak with our expert team: (909) 481-4080.