If you have an elderly loved one who is in need of assisted living care, then you likely have questions about trust, safety, and what could make them a target for elder abuse. Here are some of the top questions about elder abuse that may help you attain a better understanding of what you’re up against, what to look out for, and how to deal with issues that arise so that you can keep your loved one safe.
- Who are the most likely victims of elder abuse? Unfortunately the answer to this question is: all elderly people. While this may seem like a broad answer to a question when you were hoping for a pointed answer, there isn’t a more focused answer. Any elderly individual who needs care can become the victim of abuse. If you have an elderly loved one, you must always be on your guard.
- Who are the most likely perpetrators of abuse? In the majority of elder abuse cases, the perpetrator is either a family member or a staff member at an elder care facility who has become frustrated because they are tired, overworked, or do not have the right training for their job. However, in-home caregivers, neighbors, and even friends may also perpetrate abuse.
- How do I know if my loved one is being abused? If your loved one is being abused, there will likely be physical evidence such as bruising, but in some cases, their physical abuse won’t show right away, and you’ll need to pay attention to changes in behavior, such as sudden depression and withdrawal, and other symptoms.
- If my loved one is being abused, who do I tell about it? If your loved one is being abused, you should contact Adult Protective Services or your local law enforcement agency.
- What should I do if I’m not certain that my loved one is being abused? When you’re not sure about abuse the first inclination is to wait and see. But the problem with this method is that it can allow the abuse to get worse and continue on for too long. Reach out for help immediately if you suspect abuse and feel good about caring enough to get help.