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.
Abuse can take many forms, including:
- Physical abuse or neglect
- Sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Financial abuse
So if you believe an elderly relative has been abused by those responsible for looking after them, or if you yourself have suffered this type of abuse, our Abuse Claims Solicitors can help you.
Contact us for free, no-obligation advice, and we’ll look at the details of your case, and deal with you sensitively and supportively throughout. Ask us if we can work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
What to Do If You are Being Abused?
If you believe you are suffering from any kind of abuse in care, then it’s important to remember there is always someone you can talk to. For example:
- A trusted person, such as a friend or family member
- A care worker you trust who may be in a position to address the situation
- Your GP
- Your social worker
- The adult safeguarding team at your Local Authority
- One of our Abuse Solicitors
How to Spot Signs of Elderly Abuse in Care
Identifying signs that an elderly person in care is being abused or neglected isn’t easy, but there may be some signals that hint at what is going on behind the scenes.
Signs of abuse in an older person can include:
- A reluctance to be left alone or with certain people
- Mood swings
- Being quiet and withdrawn
- Sudden weight loss
- Looking dirty
- Physical injuries, such as bruises or bed sores
- The same injuries happening multiple times
If an elderly person is experiencing financial abuse, with a trusted person manipulating or exploiting their finances in some way, signs can include:
- Suddenly having less money for regular occurrences, such as trips out or paying for shopping
- Getting into debt
- Financial documents going missing
If you believe a loved one is being abused in care, then remember they may not be willing to discuss what’s going on. This is perfectly understandable, as they may be being coerced or threatened by their abuser. Alternatively, they may feel wary of causing trouble or scared of making the situation even worse.
Who Can I Speak to about Elder Abuse in Care?
If an elderly person has spoken to you about their abuse, there are several people you can speak to for advice.
For example, you can contact the Local Council if you’re worried about somebody not being treated properly in a care home or being mistreated by a carer. You may be put in touch with the Council’s adult safeguarding coordinator and given the opportunity to present your concerns to them.
Another option is to go to the police, as they may be able to take criminal action against the person or organisation responsible for the abuse.
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