Is a caregiver assaulting your parent at an assisted living facility? Is a family member taking pension payments from your great aunt? Are you worried that your mom's new husband is not giving her the required medications she needs? Elder abuse refers to the neglect, exploitation or “painful or harmful” mistreatment of anyone who is 65 or older (or anyone aged 18 to 64 who falls under the legal definition of a “dependent adult”). Keleti+Moradian LLP will expertly represent your concerns and do our utmost to prevent further injury or injustice.
Elder abuse can take many forms, which result in resulting physical harm or pain or mental suffering:
- Physical Abuse —the infliction of physical pain or injury on an elder or dependent adult, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraint by physical or chemical means.
- Emotional Abuse—inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder or dependent adult through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g.., intimidating or threatening verbal assaults; subjecting an individual to fear, isolation, or serious emotional distress; withholding of emotional support; confinement
- Sexual Abuse—non-consensual sexual contact of any kind on an elder or dependent adult.
- Abandonment—the desertion or willful forsaking of an elder or a dependent adult by anyone having care or custody of that person under circumstances in which a reasonable person would continue to provide care and custody.
- Isolation— acts intentionally committed for the purpose of preventing an elder or dependent adult from receiving his or her mail, email, texts, internet communications or telephone calls; or falsely telling a caller or prospective visitor that an elder or dependent adult is not present, or does not wish to talk with the caller, or does not wish to meet with the visitor for the purpose of preventing the elder or dependent adult from having contact with family, friends, or concerned persons; or false imprisonment of an elder or dependent adult; or physical restraint of an elder or dependent adult for the purpose of preventing the elder or dependent adult from meeting with visitors.
- Abduction—the removal from the state and the restraint from returning to this state, of any elder or dependent adult, as well as the removal from the state and the restraint from returning to the state, of any conservatee without the consent of the conservator or the court
- Financial Abuse—taking, secreting, appropriating, obtaining, or retaining real or personal property of an elder or dependent adult for a wrongful use or with intent to defraud, or both, or assisting in these things, or using undue influence to do these things.
- Neglect—the deprivation by a care custodian of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical harm or mental suffering, such as failure to assist in personal hygiene, failure to provide clothing and shelter, failure to provide medical care, failure to protect from health and safety hazards, failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration, and self-neglect.
- Self-Neglect—the failure of a an elder or dependent adult to perform essential, self-care tasks and that such failure threatens his/her own health or safety.