Identifying signs of elder abuse

Some of the most pervasive signs of elderly abuse, in general, include arguments between the elderly person/caregiver and a change in the elderly person’s personality.  In cases of emotional abuse, the elderly person will likely adopt strange behavioral habits, or the caregiver will show some signs of being in control of the elderly person.  This is probably the most general sign of elder abuse.

However, in cases of physical abuse, there might be marks or bruises on the elderly person that appear for no reason.  Elderly people bruise easily, so it is often difficult to distinguish between normal bruises and bruises that come from abuse, so this may not be entirely reliable.  Tension between the caregiver and elderly person combined with bruising is a more accurate sign of abuse.  If the injuries are frequent, then there is most likely some abuse occurring as well.

In cases of sexual abuse, there is likely some injury to the elderly person’s genitalia or breasts that should be obvious.  The elderly person may also show signs of STDs, or genital bleeding as well.  Some of the other less obvious cases of sexual abuse, such as forcing the elderly person to watch pornography or remove their clothing, will show signs more common with emotional abuse.

In cases of financial exploitation, you should look for cases where there are unusual transactions, changes in legal contracts, unnecessary items billed to the elderly person, or things/money missing from the elderly person.  The elderly person might not be able to afford things such as medical care even though they have enough money to pay for it.

It is important that the caregiver can cope with situations that may occur, and that the caregiver also does not have any substance abuse problems.   However, in cases where you suspect an elderly person in New Jersey whom you know is being abused, then it is necessary for an attorney to stand up for the elderly person’s rights.