According to the National Institute on Aging, hundreds of thousands of elders are abused every year in the US. People over the age of 60 are often exploited financially, abused, or neglected – and often by those that are supposed to care for them. This abuse can happen in a variety of places, including their homes and assisted living facilities. We want to help everyone learn to recognize the signs of elder abuse in Utah to protect this vulnerable part of our population.
Learn to See the Signs of Elder Abuse in Utah
There are many different types of abuse, which means there are many different signs of abuse. Some of the more common signs include:
- Displaying signs of trauma – like rocking back and forth
- Significant weight loss
- Stops participating in activities
- Displays unusual signs of aggression
- Develops bed sores
- Shows unexplained bruises or other wounds
- Living conditions become dirty or unsafe
- Unpaid bills despite having enough financial resources
There are many other signs of abuse, but these are some of the more common ones family members and loved ones notice. Elders that are under the care of loved ones or professionals should not display the above signs. If they do, their caregivers may be neglectful and/or abusive.
What To Do If You See Signs of Abuse
If you notice signs of abuse or neglect, you must take appropriate action. The first thing to do is talk to your elderly loved one and ask about the things you have noticed. They may tell you exactly what is happening to them. However, it’s also possible that they won’t say anything or will deflect. Abuse victims often don’t feel safe enough to speak up.
You should also speak to the ones providing care. They may admit to abuse or neglect or they may not. Either way, if you feel like abuse is obviously happening, contact law enforcement and file a report. Depending on the severity of the abuse, it may be necessary to remove your loved one from the situation until you can find better care for them.
We Can Help You File an Elder Abuse Lawsuit
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit against those abusing your loved one. A lawsuit is not only important because it can help improve your loved one’s financial resources. It is also important to bring attention to the abuse. A successful lawsuit will make it harder for the abusers to repeat their behavior with other victims.
If you think a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other professional care organization is abusing your loved one, contact us. Tell us your story. We can help you decide what steps you should take next.
Please give us a call at (801) 845-4577 or complete our secure online contact form to speak to our attorney.