Understanding The Signs That Are Indicative Of Elder Abuse

Understanding The Signs That Are Indicative Of Elder Abuse

When families in Maryland opt to place their elderly loved one in a care facility, they often spend a good amount of time researching the facility's conditions, its cleanliness, the demeanor of the staff and how it rates in comparison with other establishments. While they may do significant research and feel confident about their final decision, it is imperative that they are aware of the signs of elder abuse so they can report it immediately if they ever suspect that anything is wrong.

In a good portion of cases of elder abuse, the mistreatment goes unnoticed because people are not aware of the signs that indicate that something is wrong. Additionally, in a number of cases, the abuse is not reported because elderly residents fear their safety if they divulge the truth. Because elderly people often suffer from physical limitations, mental health problems and other health-related restrictions, they are even more vulnerable than other victims of abuse.

Families should look for warning signs that may indicate their loved one is being mistreated. For example, if they notice unexplained bruising or swelling, mood changes or that their family member seems abnormally withdrawn and depressed, they should report it immediately. Resources are available for confidential reporting of alleged abuse.

If a family is concerned about the well-being of their loved one and suspects elder abuse is to blame for suspicious injuries, they may want to hire an attorney to help them with the case. Relying on the expertise of a legal professional may expedite the process of getting the compensation their loved one deserves.

Source: WKBN First News, "Elder abuse: What to look for and how to report," Jun 8, 2018

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