Elder mental and emotional abuse happens when a caregiver inflicts emotional stress or pain on the elderly individual for whom they are caring. The caregiver may embarrass, insult or threaten the elder through actions or words. Some caregivers even isolate the elder from loved ones and prevent him or her from doing daily activities. Some elders in Wisconsin even experience abuse if they are able to perform tasks and think for themselves. This type of abuse can occur in an elder’s home or a nursing home facility. Here are some of the indicators to look for concerning elder abuse and elder law.
Risk factors for psychological elder abuse
The cause of elder abuse is unknown. However, some factors can increase the risk of elder abuse. If your loved one is a victim of this form of abuse, he or she is protected by elder law, and your family may be entitled to compensation.
If an elderly person is older than 75; has memory or learning issues; and has a long-term health condition, such as stroke, dementia, diabetes, or paralysis, the risk of elder abuse is higher. Caregivers are also more likely to be abusive if the elderly individual does not have friends or family members to care for him or her. Caregivers who abuse drugs and alcohol, have depression, or suffer from personality disorders are more likely to be abusive.
Signs of elder abuse
If an elderly person is constantly fearful or distressed or becomes shy or withdrawn, this could be a sign of abuse. Elders who exhibit low self-esteem or wish to harm themselves and others could also be experiencing abuse. Family members need to be familiar with elder law to properly assist elderly individuals who are experiencing abuse.