The relationship between an elder and a family member or carer is a one of particular trust. There is an expectation that the abuser will behave in a particular way on the part of the victim. Abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or simply neglectful.
At CM Solicitors we have the experts who can help you or a loved one who wants to pursue an elderly abuse claim.
The key to prevention and intervention of elder abuse is the ability to recognise the warning signs of its occurrence. Signs of elder abuse differ dependent on the type of abuse the victim is suffering. Each type of abuse has distinct signs associated with it.
- Physical abuse can be detected by visible signs on the elder’s body, including bruises, scars, sprains, or broken bones. More subtle indications of physical abuse include signs of restraint, such as rope marks on the elder’s wrist, or broken glasses.
- Emotional abuse often accompanies the other types of abuse and can usually be detected by changes in the elder’s personality or behaviour. The elder may also exhibit behaviour mimicking dementia, such as rocking or mumbling.
- Financial exploitation is a more subtle form of abuse, in comparison to other types, and may be more challenging to notice. Signs of financial exploitation include significant withdrawals from accounts, belongings or money missing from the elder’s home, unpaid bills, and unnecessary goods or services.
- Sexual abuse, like physical abuse, can be detected by visible signs on the elder’s body, especially around the breasts or genital area. Other signs include inexplicable infections, bleeding, and torn underclothing.
- Neglect is a type of abuse in that it can be inflicted either by the elder’s caregiver or oneself. Signs of neglect include malnutrition and dehydration, poor hygiene, noncompliance to a prescription medication, and unsafe living conditions.
If you or a member of your family wants to speak to us, entirely in confidence, about any of these issues then please call our head of negligence Michael Shaw on 0800 1 444 111 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively you can use the enquiry form situated at the side or at the foot of this page.