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The National Center on Elder Abuse (“NCEA”) has noted America’s growing elderly population. In more detail, the NCEA noted the United States’ 2010 Census, which “recorded the greatest number and proportion of people age 65 and older in all decennial census history: 40.3 million, or 13 percent of the total population.” Just in 2010 there were 5.8 million people aged 85 or older. Per the NCEA, that number is expected to rise to 19 million by 2050. Accordingly, an increase in the number of elderly Americans will be accompanied by an increase in nursing home and elderly neglect cases. Citing a major study conducted in 2011, the NCEA described how 7.6 – 10 percent of study participants disclosed that they experienced abuse in the prior year. Nevertheless, even if a loved has not disclosed that they have been the victim of elderly abuse, your inquiry should not end there.

In fact, most cases are not reported to the appropriate authorities. In the unfortunate event that you suspect a loved one to be the victim of abuse, there may be tell-tale signs that there is ongoing or past abuse. A non-profit organization, HelpGuide.org, has published some of the signs to look for when discerning whether someone has been, and may still be, a victim:

  • General signs
    • Frequent arguments or tension between the caregiver and the elderly person
    • Changes in personality or behavior in the elder
  • Physical Abuse
    • Unexplained signs of injury (i.e., bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two sides of the body)
    • Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
    • Report of drug overdose or apparent failure to take medication regularly (i.e., a prescription has more remaining than it should)
    • Broken eyeglasses or frames
    • Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists
    • Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elder alone
  • Emotional Abuse
    • Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior that you witness
    • Behavior from the elder that mimics dementia (i.e., rocking, sucking, or mumbling to oneself)
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Bruises around breasts or genitals
    • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
    • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
    • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Neglect by caregivers or self-neglect
    • Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
    • Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
    • Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
    • Being left dirty or un-bathed
    • Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
    • Unsafe living conditions (i.e., no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring; or other fire hazards)
    • Desertion of the elder at a public place

Furthermore, the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale nursing home and elderly abuse lawyers at Brais Law Firm also accept cases involving financial exploitation. While this may be considered a less traditional form of abuse, it is nonetheless prevalent in today’s society. Recently, in 2011, Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University, among others, conducted a study in which “[m]ajor financial exploitation was self-reported at a rate of 41 per 1,000 surveyed.” What makes this statistic most alarming is that this rate was higher than self-reported rates of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse or neglect.

Here are some signs that you or a loved one may be the victim of financial exploitation:

  • Significant withdrawals from the elder’s accounts
  • Sudden changes in the elder’s financial condition
  • Items or cash missing from the senior’s household
  • Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies
  • Addition of names to the senior’s signature card
  • Unpaid bills or lack of medical care, although the elder has enough money to pay for them
  • Financial activity the senior couldn’t have done, such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is bedridden
  • Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions

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Our firm offers a free consultation with our experienced legal team, so call today to see if we can help with your nursing home neglect case: 1-888-238-5637. You can also complete our online contact form.

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