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Nursing home abuse and elder abuse can take many forms. Elder abuse is defined as the infliction of physical, verbal, mental, sexual, or financial harm on an elderly adult. Abuse can also take the form of neglect from a nursing home caregiver.
Nursing home abuse can be detrimental to an older person’s life. If you have a family member or loved one in a nursing home, there are steps you can take to help prevent abuse. Before we discuss the steps to take, it’s essential to understand the signs of elder abuse, which include:
Many abuse victims live with embarrassment or fear when physical, mental, or sexual abuse occurs. If you think your loved one has been a victim of abuse, it’s essential to let them know they have people who care about them and can help. Also, it’s critical to emphasize that the abuse is not at all their fault. Some victims may blame themselves for the abuse they endured.
Having open and honest communication with elderly loved ones is essential to preventing and intervening in abuse situations. Creating a nurturing environment of trust and safety is key.
While there is, unfortunately, no guaranteed method of preventing abuse, there are strategies you can employ to protect your elderly loved ones. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) outlines the following prevention strategies:
The most effective way to prevent elder abuse is to be proactive. Family members must remain active participants in the lives of their elderly family members. This makes it easier to recognize warning signs and address concerns before an issue arises.
If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of elder abuse, contact the experienced elder abuse attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC to learn more about your legal rights and options. Call (312) 346-8620 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, consider asking them the following questions:
Steps you can take to prevent elderly abuse include:
If you or someone you love is concerned that they have become a victim of elder abuse, discuss these concerns with an experienced elder abuse attorney as soon as possible. Your elderly loved one may be entitled to financial compensation for the physical and mental harm they suffered. An attorney can help you identify the liable parties and file a lawsuit that will seek the maximum compensation that your family member deserves.
When you suspect your loved one has been the victim of elderly abuse or neglect, seek medical attention immediately. Social workers in the nursing home can help vulnerable adults, and adult protective services can investigate and have the legal authority to intervene in cases where they are in danger. Police may also be involved when criminal activities or assault is suspected.
At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our skilled and compassionate elderly abuse lawyers understand how traumatic and challenging elder abuse situations are. We will work tirelessly to put a halt to the abuse your loved one has endured and help them recover all damages associated with their pain and suffering. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, or if you have evidence of abuse, taking a proactive approach will help lead to the best outcome. Contact Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today at (312) 346-8620 so we can get to work on your case.