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The Different Types of Elder Abuse

As our loved ones get older, it can become more difficult to care for them in the way we would like. As such, you may turn to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, or adult daycare centers to be there for your elderly loved one.

Unfortunately, problems exist that can increase the risk of elder abuse. It’s vital to recognize the different types of elder abuse your loved one may experience so that you can work to protect your loved one. Below, we will detail some of the most common types of elder abuse, how they cause harm, and what you can do for your loved one.

Common types of elder abuse include:

  • Physical elder abuse
  • Emotional elder abuse
  • Financial elder abuse

If your loved one suffers elder abuse, we encourage you to call our firm at (305) 909-6541 today.

Physical Elder Abuse

Physical elder abuse occurs when someone maliciously harms your loved one by hitting, pushing, burning, or similar actions. This type of abuse can cause some of the worst harm, including long-term injuries due to the abuse. Elderly individuals have weaker bones and are more vulnerable to catastrophic harm when they are victims of abuse.

Even a pinch can cause severe harm. Typically, physical elder abuse can include bruising, kicking, scratching, slapping, and restraining.

Emotional Elder Abuse

In many situations, emotional elder abuse can be worse and more damaging than physical abuse. It often creates fear, anxiety, depression, mood changes, and more. When someone uses emotional abuse against an elderly person, they are typically in a position of power over the victim.

Emotional elder abuse includes:

  • Psychological torment and torture
  • Verbal harassment and threats
  • Isolating the elderly from social interaction

Emotional elder abuse can lead to ongoing trauma. Typically, caregivers who commit emotional elder abuse have their own anger issues or have a resentful relationship toward elderly individuals.

Financial Elder Abuse

Some elderly individuals trust people to care for their finances, including caretakers, family members, friends, etc. Unfortunately, this trust can be taken advantage of if they are not careful. Financial elder abuse often results in significant losses from bank accounts, credit cards, and more. It’s vital to pay close attention to spending and statements that can indicate odd spending habits.

Common types of financial elder abuse include the following:

  • Withholding money from the elderly individual
  • Stealing money from an elderly person
  • Forcing or forging signatures to steal money
  • Forcing the elderly to assign a financial power of attorney

If you feel your loved one is experiencing financial abuse, be sure to speak with a lawyer about your options.

Other Types of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can come in many other forms, as well. It’s crucial to recognize when your loved one is experiencing neglect, sexual abuse, or malnourishment. Here are how these three types of elder abuse can harm your loved one:

  • Sexual abuse: We know this can cause significant physical and mental anguish as caretakers try to take advantage of the elderly.
  • Malnourishment: If the elderly individual doesn’t receive food or water, they can start to lose weight. Their mental state can also diminish as they don’t receive enough nourishment.
  • Neglect: Some elderly assistance facilities are understaffed, so they don’t pay as much attention to residents as they should. This neglect can mean residents don’t receive specific medications or they don’t get help as a fall risk.

At Ford, Dean & Rotundo, PA., we work to safeguard you and your loved one when you need it most. If your elderly loved one suffers from elder abuse of any kind, you deserve the right to hold the responsible party accountable to pursue maximum compensation for your losses. We’ll be there to help you every step of the way.

Call our firm today at (305) 909-6541. We offer free case evaluations, so you can get answers quickly.

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