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We can’t always be there for our parents the way we’d like to, but senior care services often provide time-strapped children with a great way to care for their loved ones. Unfortunately, elder abuse is also a serious problem that can have significant negative ramifications.

Nobody wants their parents to suffer. Here are some tips on recognizing and dealing with elder abuse in your Connecticut home care situation. Quality Care Services Professionals are also available to consult with and ask questions of. We are very concerned about this issue and hope to educate people of the signs that should be recognized and acted on.

Defining Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is generally thought of as any deliberate, cruel act inflicted on an elderly individual by a more able person, but it can take many forms. In addition to intentional physical injury, elder abuse can consist of sexual, verbal, emotional or psychological maltreatment. Financial extortion is another form of elder abuse, and more than one abuser may be party to it.

Also remember that neglect is just as bad as direct physical abuse, especially for those who can’t care for themselves. Most elder abuse takes place where the senior lives or receives medical treatment, and neglect can easily occur in improperly managed senior care situations.

 

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Some forms of physical abuse may be easier to discover than others. Obvious hallmarks include bruises, bedsores and persistent injuries. Other signs, however, may require further investigation.

For instance, some sexual abuses, such as molestation, don’t present clear indicators. With these situations, concerned relatives and loved ones often have to look out for behavioral changes. The same goes for psychological and verbal abuse; watching for signs of distress is the easiest way to discover mistreatment after the fact.

Neglect doesn’t always leave marks on the victim’s person, but their surroundings are a sure indicator. The presence of dirt, soiled bedding or unclean clothing is often due to improper attention. Similarly, unsafe living conditions or facilities are generally a good indicator of deficient care practices.

Uncovering the Past
People who were abused may become skittish or standoffish, and they won’t always volunteer information about what happened to them. It’s important to maintain healthy communication with your relatives so that you can note these indicators if they ever occur.

What if you suspect abuse but your relative really doesn’t want to discuss their sudden personality changes? In these situations, you may need to observe the caregiver closely to learn more. Frequent tension between the caregiver and your relative may be indicative of abusive relationships. Some abused individuals also display sudden signs of dementia where they hadn’t previously.

Making Sense of What You See
Some of the signs we’ve already covered can also occur because of accidents and ill health. This fact often makes it difficult for families to determine whether their relatives are actually being abused.

If you’re not sure whether abuse is occurring, try to piece things together. Most signs of abuse occur in tandem. For example, someone who is being physically abused may demonstrate personality changes in addition to the bruises or scars they bear.

Financial discrepancies, such as unexplained withdrawals and duplicate billings, should definitely draw your attention to the possibility of poor treatment. Like most abuse signs, these are generally coupled with other indicators of inadequate care, such as missing personal property, unpaid bills or improper administration of vital services.

Putting a Stop to Elder Abuse
Although you do have legal remedies to deal with neglect and other forms of elder abuse, removing your relative from the situation should be your first step. Find a new Connecticut home care service as soon as possible.

Next, file a report with your local authorities, and begin documenting evidence of the elder abuse. Police reports and other evidence will play vital roles in any legal actions you choose to take while your parent is recovering under the protection of a better senior care service.