Elder Abuse Knows No Bounds
Stephen M. Garcia
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby
Elder abuse is not only on the rise, but expanding its reach. There are reports of elder abuse affecting everyone from the famous, such as actor Mickey Rooney and New York socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor, to or your or your neighbor’s elderly parents or dependent and vulnerable adult.
According to the best available estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans ages 65 or older have been injured or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection. It is estimated that 1 in 3 residents of a nursing home has been abused or neglected.
Yet only 1 in 14 reported incidents come to the attention of authorities. It is also estimated that for every 1 case of elder abuse and neglect that is reported, another 5 or more go unreported.
In a twist of Hollywood drama though, a new documentary staring Rooney may shed more federal light on the growing endemic.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in their nursing home, look for:
- Any sign of physical harm, including unexplained bruises, fractures, burns, or marks on the skin.
- Sudden withdrawal, depression and reduced alertness, or other unexplained changes in behavior or personality.
- Unexpected changes in financial status, which could indicate exploitation.
- Unexplained weight loss, bedsores, or lack of personal hygiene.
- Subtle signs that your loved one is being threatened or belittled by nursing home administration or the other residents.
- Frequent arguing between your loved one and the nursing home staff or caregivers.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, obtaining an experienced elder abuse attorney who can get access to original medical and financial records can make all the difference. Contact an experienced attorney at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby today for a free, no-obligation consolation.