Increasingly, New Jersey residents are seeing signs of elder abuse within families and nursing homes. Elder abuse is defined as any form of physical abuse or neglect of a person age 60 or older, and can often fly under the radar until it’s too late.
What are the types of elder abuse?
There are a few different categories of elder abuse, including physical abuse. Physical abuse is defined as anything that causes injury or bodily harm, including giving the elder the wrong medication or physically hurting the person.
Signs of physical abuse can be easier to spot than other types of abuse. This can include unexplained burns, bruises, or cuts on the skin as well as unexplained injuries or even broken bones.
Elders can also be victims of sexual abuse, which is when they’re forced to have sexual contact with another person against their will. It’s often the hardest to spot, but can have physical signs such as torn underwear, being suddenly diagnosed with an STD, or having bruises around their private areas.
The caretaker can also refuse to take care of an elderly person who is unable to take care of themselves, which can cause immense physical and psychological damage. This is also the form of abuse that doesn’t leave many signs until it’s too late.
What are some of the other signs of elder abuse?
Bedsores from neglect, sudden change in emotions or worsening of health problems can all be signs of elder abuse. If your loved one suddenly takes a turn for the worst, it might be due to elder abuse.
If you suspect that a loved one is being abused, reach out to law enforcement right away and look for the signs of abuse. Be sure to connect with your loved one and ask questions as well.