Physical Abuse of Elders: Risk Factors and Treatment

Somebody who is supposed to care for the elderly should never cause them harm. However, each year caretakers in nursing homes are held accountable for physical elder abuse, which is when the carer causes you abuse through many means like hitting, slapping, pulling your hair, burning, or force-feeding you. Physical abuse also includes things like sexual abuse against your consent or purposely giving you the wrong amount of medicine.

Are You at Risk of Physical Abuse?

There are some risk factors that may put you at risk in a nursing home. For instance, sometimes poor or crowded living conditions are a cause of this type of abuse. You may also be at risk if you have learning or memory problems or a long-term condition like dementia, diabetes, or stroke, where the caretaker may realize that they will have an easier time taking advantage of you. If you have been secluded away from your family and friends and nobody else can take care of you, you may be at risk. If the caretaker drinks alcohol or uses drugs, has a personality disorder, stress from work, or a history of family violence, you may be at risk.

Treatment for Physical Abuse 

After elder abuse has been diagnosed, there are many treatment options. These might include things like counseling, medicines, or even expensive surgeries to treat injuries, such as if bones have been broken in the process of abuse. Because of this, you or a loved one may have to file a lawsuit on your behalf. There are many risks associated with elder abuse so you should always be aware of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and report any abuse that you see or hear about. Call us today for information on how we can move forward with your case in your time of need.