The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Center on Elder Abuse defines elder abuse as “intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder.” Because America has an increasingly growing elder population, the incidents of elder abuse are also becoming more and more common.
Unfortunately, elder abuse oftentimes occurs in institutional homes, such as long term care homes. As such, it is very important to determine whether your loved one is being properly cared for. One way to determine this is to identify tell-tale signs of abuse or neglect: bed sores, unexplained bruises and cuts, rope marks, and signs of malnutrition and dehydration, may all indicate that your loved one might be experiencing some form of abuse. Checking if the nursing home has previous records of abuse and neglect may also help you assess your loved one’s risk for abuse.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we believe every elder in Wisconsin has the right to be protected against abuse and neglect. If you believe your loved has suffered from abuse, call us at (414) 271-0900 to learn how you might be able to fight for your loved one’s rights.