Abuse of the Elderly
It is hard to imagine, but it is true, some people who care for the elderly in a nursing home or other elder care facility sometimes abuse such vulnerable people.
Unfortunately, physical, sexual and financial abuse of the elderly occurs more often than we want to think about it.
It happens where and when we would least expect it.
If you are worried about this, call us at Carabin Shaw, we will do everything that can be done to protect your senior loved one. Call 1.800.862.1260.
A thorough competent medical exam can often uncover evidence of sexual or physical abuse. Financial abuse often a trail of evidence that our attorneys may be able to use to find the source of the abuse.
Most abuse, injuries, or neglect in nursing homes or other elder care situation can be traced to issues with the staff:
Sometimes nursing homes are understaffed, which can lead to an atmosphere of abuse and neglect.
Sometimes inexperienced or untrained staff can become frustrated with residents.
Nursing homes sometimes hire unqualified staff, such as those who have criminal records.
There are many different types of neglect or abuse that may happen in nursing homes or other elder care facilities and situations. Symptoms of abuse or neglect may include:
- Your loved one being afraid, especially of certain staff members
- Your loved one being unwilling to discuss your concerns
- Unexplained charges on credit cards
- Unexplained withdrawals from checking and savings accounts
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Emergency room admissions
- Personal items vanishing from your loved one's room
In Texas, families have the right to install video cameras in their loved one's room, as long as they notify the nursing home. After that, the camera can capture evidence of abuse and also serve as an excellent deterrent.
If you know or suspect that your elder loved one is being abused by a care giver, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
Call Carabin Shaw, we will fight for your elder loved one’s rights. Call 1.800.862.1260.