Your loved one might be at a heightened risk for falling victim to elder abuse if he or she is dependent on a caregiver or facility, has failing health or cognition, is easily confused, or often lonely. Most victims know their abuser, so remain familiar with the people interacting with your loved one.
The most apparent signs of physical abuse are bruises, scratches, cuts, or burns that your loved one cannot explain. There are many other red flags, however, that may evidence that your loved one is in danger of being abused:
Financial abuse can be more difficult to identify because your loved one may not be aware of the abuse and may not exhibit any physical signs, so following your gut instinct is important. You can also look for the following signs.
Most of us will struggle to some degree with caring for our physical or financial well-being as we age. Often it is difficult to identify when those struggles cross the line into needing the additional assistance of a guardian or conservator. The following signs can assist in determining when you should contact an elder law attorney:
If you believe a loved one is unable to complete the daily tasks necessary to care for him or herself, or that they are financially vulnerable, your loved one may require the protection of a guardian or conservator.
It is a difficult process to evaluate and determine which legal steps, protections, and documents are necessary for you to have the ability and authority to care for your loved one.
Additionally, what you are allowed to do on their behalf is often unclear and inconsistent. Health care providers and banks can be difficult to communicate with, sometimes they’ll allow you to speak for your parents, but other times they won’t.
You have more questions than answers. We understand these issues and stand ready to assist you and your family through the questions of incapacity and care.
There are steps we can take to ensure that you have full legal authority to care for your parent and help them through this difficult period of life.