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7 Signs Your Loved One May Be a Victim of Holbrook Elder Abuse

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on May 29, 2014

When you have an elderly loved one, you will soon realize that protecting them from Holbrook elder abuse is something that should always be at the top of your mind. You may think it’s crazy to have to think about elder abuse at all times, but with an elderly loved one, you never know what could wrong. Your loved one may encounter many different types of people in their life, including residents and workers at an elder care facility, neighbors, friends, family members, hired caregivers, and other individuals, and while the majority of the time these people will be helpful to your loved one, there is always a chance that they could also do harm to them. If you’re worried about the safety of your loved one, be sure to learn these signs that could help tip you off to abuse and other problems.

  • Your loved one shows physical signs of abuse. Sometimes, abuse is evident and obvious because of bruising, broken bones, and other injuries that could not have simply happened or been the result of clumsiness.
  • Your loved one withdraws from you and the rest of the family. If your loved one is spending less time with you and wants to spend more time alone, this could be a sign that they feel alienated or have been threatened.
  • Your loved one has become increasingly violent and defensive. Although some diseases and dementia may also cause these behaviors, it is important to rule out abuse before assuming that aggressive behaviors are the result of some kind of mental deficiency.
  • Your loved one has become noticeably less hygienic. If your loved one is typically well kept but has ceased bathing and taking care of other hygiene matters, it may be a sign that he or she has been abused.
  • Your loved one has stopped eating or drinking, and is suffering from malnutrition. The stress of abuse can make your loved one unable to eat. They may also be denied food or water by their abuser.
  • Your loved one refuses to go to the doctor to be seen for injuries and illnesses. This is especially critical if your loved one used to have no trouble visiting the doctor.
  • Your loved one refuses to talk to you when you ask them questions about injuries and frightening behaviors. Elderly victims may keep silent about the abuse out of shame. They may also fear repercussions for speaking out.

Remember, being abused is difficult and terrifying for the abused. Provide your loved one with as much as love and support and possible throughout their recovery and they will heal much more quickly on an emotional and physical level.

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