It is estimated that one in ten Americans over the age of 60 are victims of elder abuse each year. Elder abuse is a difficult subject; however, it is a subject that must be addressed. Thousands of senior citizens are being abused or neglected each day in this country. It is everyone’s responsibility to take acts to prevent abuse when possible.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can take many forms. Some of the most common forms of abuse include:
- Physical Abuse – Physical abuse is more common in nursing homes than anyone wants to admit. Shoving and restraining a patient can be a form of physical abuse. Hitting, pinching, slapping, kicking, and any other type of physical contact that harms the patient is included under physical abuse.
- Neglect – Neglect is a form of abuse. Neglect can result in a patient losing weight, developing bed sores, becoming dehydrated, and becoming ill. Failing to maintain a clean living environment is also a form of neglect.
- Sexual Abuse – Any form of non-consensual, unwanted sexual contact, including touching, intercourse, and taking photographs, is abused. Because many elderly patients are unable to complain due to a mental disability or other illness, sexual abuse can go unreported.
- Psychological or Emotional Abuse – Threatening, yelling, cussing, mocking, or otherwise belittling an elderly person is abuse. Psychological and emotional abuse can be very subtle and difficult to detect because there are no “physical” signs of abuse. However, this form of abuse can be devastating for the person. The person may become withdrawn and exhibit signs of fear and anxiety. If this type of abuse continues, the patient may lose weight, stay in bed, or try to harm himself.
- Financial Abuse – Financial abuse is a very common form of abuse. Cashing checks, opening and using charge accounts, taking property, forging documents, and modifying documents are all forms of financial abuse. Financial abuse can cause great harm by limiting the person’s ability to provide for his or her needs.
Learn to spot the signs of elder abuse. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provides information about elder abuse in Kentucky, including signs of elder abuse.
Reporting Elder Abuse in Kentucky
Kentucky laws require that anyone who suspects or witnesses abuse to report the abuse to the proper authorities. Elder abuse is a crime in Kentucky. You can report physical abuse anonymously by calling 1-877-597-2331 or 1-800-752-6200 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also contact your local law enforcement agency, especially if you believe the person is in imminent danger.
Contact a Lexington Elder Abuse Attorney
If your loved one is the victim of elder abuse, you need to contact a Lexington elder abuse attorney. An attorney can explain your rights and conduct an investigation to determine the best course of action to take. By holding the person or persons responsible for the abuse liable for their actions, you can obtain justice for your loved one and you can prevent the abuse from happening to another person.
Call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or use our online contact form to schedule a free legal consultation with an experienced Lexington elder abuse attorney.