Friday, June 10, 2011

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Elder abuse is a topic that should be addressed throughout the year, but June is an especially important month to remember and work to prevent elder abuse. Many people do not fully understand what elder abuse is, and limit it to physical abuse or neglect, but elder abuse can actually take many different forms. This type of abuse can include physical harm, such as striking another person, neglecting to feed or give proper medication, or not aiding in mobility to prevent injury, such as bedsores. It can also include emotional abuse, such as threatening, taunting, belittling, or humiliating, and sexual abuse. Another common form of elder abuse is financial exploitation. The elderly are one of the most susceptible groups to be financially taken advantage of, such as by use of their personal checks, credit cards, and bank accounts without knowledge, forging their signature, or by identity theft. Common signs of elder abuse include unexplained bruising or injury, bedsores, unusual bank transactions, unsanitary living conditions, and noticeable tension between the caregiver and the patient. For more information on elder abuse, please contact our law office or visit the National Center for Elder Abuse.
Attorney Stoehr deals with elder abuse in both nursing homes and hospitals. If you suspect that your loved one has been mistreated or neglected by caregivers in a hospital or a nursing home, please contact our law office for a consultation to discuss possible action on your claim.

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