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Why don’t the elderly report abuse or neglect?

If you have a loved one who needs help from an assisted-living facility, the last thing you want to find out is that they’ve been a victim of neglect or abuse. When you choose an assisted-living property for your loved one, you assume that the people there will care for them as if they’re family.

Sadly, the truth is that there is no way to guarantee your loved one will be cared for properly. Many elderly people suffer from abuse and neglect. Even though some could report it, they don’t always as a result of:

  • Embarrassment
  • Confusion
  • Isolation
  • Threats
  • Anxiety or depression

Those who are abused may feel that they cannot report what has happened to them. They may think that reporting the incident will result in more trouble for them and fail to say anything at all.

What can you do to make sure your loved one is cared for?

The best thing you can do is to be present. If you are visiting regularly, you’ll notice things like problems with the room’s cleanliness or changes in your loved one’s behaviors. Noting little changes can help you identify when your loved one needs more help and when they’re not getting the help that they had previously been told they would receive.

How can an attorney help if my loved one has been abused or neglected?

Your attorney can help fight back. It’s not fair for the elderly to struggle in the care of others, and those who violate their rights and don’t treat them with compassion should be held accountable.


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