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Types of elder abuse

In the last several decades, more and more people in Alabama have been faced with the challenge of how to properly take care of their aging relatives. Whether parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or someone else, you want to give these loved ones the care and attention they need and have shown you over the years. But, what happens when the people you entrusted to care for them end up hurting them? What should you know and watch for?

The National Council on Aging indicates that elder abuse is a serious problem in our country. One reason for this is that there are multiple forms that abuse may take. If you have a family member in a nursing home, you will want to learn about some of the most common types. Bruises, broken bones or other injuries may provide indications that physical or sexual assault has taken place. People may be subject to emotional abuse and trauma if they are isolated, verbally threatened or otherwise harassed and intimidated.

Neglect can be another big problem in nursing homes and there really may be two forms of this, one of which is active and the other passive. Active neglect involves an elderly person being consciously deprived of necessities ranging from food to medical care. Passive neglect may involve the lack of these same things but without the conscious intend to deprive the person.

If you would like to learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect, please feel free to visit the elder protection page of our Alabama personal injury website.

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