How to Deal with the Abuse of an Elderly Person in Care
Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and kindness in old age, so when you or an elderly person is being abused in care, it can be extremely distressing.
If you believe an elderly relative has suffered abuse from those who are meant to be caring for them, or if you yourself have experienced physical or sexual abuse, our team of Abuse Claims Solicitors are here to help you seek justice.
Elder abuse can occur anywhere, including in someone’s own home, in residential care, at a carer’s home, in day care, nursing homes and hospitals. In our experience, abusers have included friends, family members, care workers, attendants, employees of care homes, and family members (including spouses).
Our Solicitors have over 25 years’ experience in dealing with physical and sexual abuse cases and have acted for many elderly people affected by abuse. We’ve been successful in obtaining compensation for the abuse itself, as well as for the physical, emotional, and psychological distress caused by the abuse, to help people move past the abuse and help get their lives back on track. See Elder Abuse Claim Awarded £10,000 Compensation Case Study
Elder Abuse is a single or repeated act, occurring in any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. Unfortunately this comes in many forms, such as:
Neglect is the failure of caregivers to carry out their responsibilities to provide needed care. Neglect can be Active or Passive.
“Active” neglect refers to intentional behaviour, such as the caregiver intentionally withholds care or necessities. Active neglect is usually motivated by financial gain (e.g. the caregiver stands to inherit) or reflect personal conflicts.
“Passive” neglect is where the caregiver is unable to fulfil their responsibilities as a result of illness, disability, stress, ignorance, lack of maturity, or lack of resources.
This is any physical force or violence that leads to injury, pain or impairment.
Sexual abuse is any form of unwanted sexually motivated contact, including molestation, rape, and sexual acts with someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent.
This is an intensifying pattern of violence or intimidation used by an intimate partner (e.g. a husband, wife or partner) to gain power and control.
This is the calculated infliction of mental or emotional distress made by threat or other verbal assaults, and sometimes non-verbal conduct.
This comes in many forms, including:
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