Signs of Elder Abuse: New Laws Hurt Seniors

Signs of Elder Abuse

Families should track and report elder abuse to Consumer Justice Group

Signs Of Elder Abuse

Older Americans are increasingly at risk of abuse in nursing homes, retirement facilities, assisted living housing and private residences. Elders who live independently rely on social services and families to stay in their own homes can be subject to elder abuse from agency employees, nurses, attendants, social workers and other care providers. Family members must watch for signs of elder abuse. Some laws designed to help fight elder abuse conflict with new laws designed to protect the big corporations who promise help to seniors but end up allowing abuse and encouraging neglect.

Elder abuse often happens when someone in a position of trust takes advantage of a senior citizen who has diminished physical, mental or emotional capacity.

Look for these signs of elder abuse:

  1. A senior who signs a power of attorney or makes changes to a will after meeting a new assistant or care-giver.
  2. Elders who live in any kind of facility who experience sudden loss of weight, bedsores, bruises, broken bones or changes in mood or personality.
  3. Abuse of the elderly often begins with a disabling event like a fall.

Jim Higgins a lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee has worked with the elderly for years and in well versed in the signs of elder abuse, has noticed an increasing amounts of abuse in nursing homes “It seems like we see more and more of it as the population gets older.” The Consumer Justice Group works with attorneys like Mr. Higgins and helps elder abuse clients throughout the United States. Families who suspect abuse can call the Consumer Justice Group Elder Abuse Hotline 800-887-6852 or click the link at the right to talk to an attorney today.

Relatives should review the signs of nursing home abuse  whenever they visit an elderly loved one who resides in assisted living or other care facility. Restraints or staff inattention are reasons to take action to prevent further abuse.

Elderly abuse takes the form of physical violence directed against a senior citizen. Some laws have been passed to protect seniors and prosecute those who hurt or defraud them.

Recent laws have passed to limit the ability of families to recover for injuries resulting from elder abuse and neglect. States like Florida and Kentucky have taken or are considering steps to make it harder for families to be made whole for the hurt caused by elder abuse. The Consumer Justice Group is tracking elder abuse laws throughout the United States.