Elder abuse is the neglect, mistreatment, or exploitation of elderly persons. Such abuse is most common in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home care programs. Elder abuse frequently occurs when long-term care facilities are understaffed, leaving residents to compete for the attention of too few staff members.
Elder abuse generally refers to one or more of the following:
- Physical abuse or injury
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Financial or material exploitation
- Neglect or failure of a caretaker to provide requisite goods or services
Neglect can lead to various results, including falls, bed sores, and malnutrition. When elder abuse becomes more aggressive, it can also result in bruises, cuts, broken bones, and injuries resulting from the use of restraints.
If you are concerned that an elderly relative or friend in the New York Metropolitan area is the victim of elder abuse, we'd like to hear from you. Contact us online or call us at 718.297.1000 to set up a free consultation.