What is elder abuse?

On Behalf of | May 13, 2020 | Firm News

Thousands of people put their trust in the staff at nursing homes to care for their loved ones. Although the home is a professional establishment, there are still times in which elders can experience any of the multiple forms of elder abuse.

While it may seem like something that would never happen to your loved one, elder abuse happens to five million elders each year. Many people are surprised to learn this, as they are not familiar with all the ways an elder can receive abuse.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse can manifest as striking an elder, roughly handling them, striking with an object, or extreme restraining. These acts can be dangerous for elders, who are more susceptible to bruising and broken bones.

Emotional abuse

Yelling, insulting, harassing, or isolating an elder can cause them to suffer depression, anxiety, or confusion. This treatment can be especially challenging for elders with mental illnesses already.


When a caretaker fails to provide the care an elder needs, it can cause the elder to suffer. Failing to ensure regular and frequent cleanings, leaving an elder to sit in their bowel movements for extended amounts of time, not treating or acknowledging injuries, and leaving residents alone for prolonged amounts of time can lead to severe injuries.

Sexual abuse

Inappropriate touching, groping, or handling of an elder counts as sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can result in both physical and emotional damages that can last for considerable amounts of time.

Financial abuse

A caretaker may try to manipulate an elder into making changes to their estate plan to benefit the caretaker instead of the elder’s family. This kind of manipulative behavior can cost a family a fortune if no one catches these activities.

Look for signs

There are many ways a caretaker or staff member of a care facility can abuse an elder. Signs like unexplained bruising, changes in behavior or personality, odd alerts from bank accounts, or retirement benefits can all indicate abuse. When the families of an elder keep in regular contact with their loved one, it can help prevent abuse from occurring.