Elder abuse occurs when a caregiver or other trusted person in an older adult’s life (anyone 60 years or older) hurts them through either an action or failure to act.
Elder abuse is not location-specific. It often occurs in healthcare settings, especially long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. However, it can also can take place in the home, where the party responsible for the abuse is typically a spouse, adult child, or grandchild of the victim.
Approximately 1 out of every 20 seniors experience elder abuse, according to statistics from the federal National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA). This problem is long-standing: the National Incidence Study on Elder Abuse, conducted in 1996, found that nearly half a million older adults (450,000) were abused that year in the United States.
Types of abuse include:
- Physical abuse: hitting, shaking, pushing, etc., that results in pain or injury
- Sexual abuse: non consensual sexual contact of any kind
- Psychological/emotional abuse: controlling, threatening, etc., that leads to mental pain
- Neglect: failure to safeguard an older adult or provide necessities by a caregiver
- Financial abuse: inappropriate and unlawful use of an elderly person’s funds.
Do you know or suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing elder abuse in Polk County? See our FAQ page on how to report elder abuse [link]. Plus, you may have a right to compensation. Our team at Fulmer Law, PA, is committed to defending victims of willful harm. Speak with an experienced elder abuse attorney now.