Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 1:54 am    

Elderly individuals may not be able to speak up when they are being subjected to abuse or neglect. Therefore, it is important to watch for common signs of elder abuse in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private residences. It may not be possible to be by the side of your loved one all the time. However, you can look for the five common signs of elder abuse each time you visit with your loved one so you can stop the neglect and abuse before it happens again.

Malnutrition

Elderly individuals may lose weight for a variety of reasons. However, if you notice signs of malnutrition, seek medical attention immediately. Your loved one may be experiencing a natural decline in appetite that often accompanies aging, but the weight loss could also be a side effect of an illness, condition, or medication. Weight loss can also be a sign of malnutrition and neglect.

Bedsores

Bedsores are another common sign of neglect. Elderly patients may not be able to turn over or get out of bed without assistance. When someone remains in the same position for hours at a time, the person may develop painful bedsores. Bedsores can become infected and result in life-threatening conditions. Moving patients at regular intervals should prevent bedsores. If your loved one has bedsores, he or she may be neglected by the staff members.

Financial and Property Loss

If you notice money or property missing, you need to investigate immediately. Financial abuse is a common form of elderly abuse. Someone may take advantage of your loved one by stealing money or possessions. Another form of financial abuse is failing to use spending money for a resident’s needs or convincing a resident to sign credit card applications or other financial documents for the benefit of another person.

Fear or Depression

Depression and anxiety may be common for some elderly individuals; however, it is not a typical symptom of aging. If your loved one is displaying the symptoms of depression or shows signs of fear or anxiety, you may need to investigate further to determine if staff members or other patients are abusing your loved one.

Unexplained Injuries

Elderly individuals do have a higher risk for falls, but falls may not explain all injuries. If you notice unexplained injuries, seek medical attention immediately. Unexplained injuries are usually a common sign of nursing home abuse and elder abuse.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Elder Abuse?

If you suspect elder abuse, notify the police if the person is in immediate danger. You can also contact the Adult Protective Services agency for your county. County APS agencies investigate claims of elder abuse and nursing home abuse.

You may also want to contact a Sacramento elder abuse attorney to discuss a legal claim for damages. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation from the party or parties responsible for the abuse or neglect. Holding parties liable for damages in elder abuse cases is an important way you can shine a light on a serious problem.

For a free consultation with a Sacramento elder abuse attorney, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.

Client Testimonials

Herb T. Testimonial
Quote

The Tiemanns were referred to me by a friend and I am exceptionally happy with the service I received. I had never been in an accident before. I had no idea what to do. Jelena verbally explained how everything would work to me, and she and Peter handled everything. I didn't have to lift a finger once. They went above and beyond for me and I am extremely grateful. I pray I won't ever need this type of assistance again, but I will definitely be referring them to friends and family.

Jennifer T. Testimonial
Quote

I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

S.B. Testimonial
Quote

Here's the thing... Nobody really thinks much about lawyers until they need one.  Well, we needed one!  The Tieman Law Firm came through for us in a big way. They were professional, courteous, thorough, and had excellent staff as well.  Highly recommended...

Jereme S. Testimonial
Quote

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

Hanna Padilla Testimonial
Quote

From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!