Elder abuse can take many forms, including financial abuse, nursing home
negligence, and sex crimes against seniors. Conviction of
elder sex crimes or any other type of elder abuse involves severe penalties, including
long prison sentences. Even the mere accusation of elder abuse, absent
any evidence, can damage an individual’s reputation permanently.
Those accused of this crime should contact a criminal defense lawyer.
Recognize the Warning Signs
Family members with elderly relatives should be alert to the potential
warning signs of elder abuse and neglect, regardless of whether they live with other relatives, in
an assisted living community, or in a nursing home. These signs can include
unexplained bruises, weight loss, hunger, social withdrawal, and confusion.
An elderly individual may display fearfulness, wear dirty clothing, or
appear unkempt. Neglected senior citizens may suffer from serious bedsores
or they may not be taking medication appropriately.
Contact the Adult Protective Services (APS) Agency
If any of these warning signs are observed, family members should contact
the authorities immediately. If it is believed that an elderly individual
is at risk of immediate harm, it’s best to call the local police
department. Otherwise, family members can contact the APS agency for the
state of residence for the senior citizen.
Answer Questions Thoroughly
Upon calling APS, the family member will be questioned closely about his
or her suspicions. It’s important to answer questions thoroughly
and honestly. The APS representative will need the full name and contact
information for the senior. He or she will also need to know about any
medical conditions the individual has, such as memory loss. The APS representative
will ask questions regarding the nature of the alleged abuse or neglect,
such as incidents that may have been witnessed.
It’s easy for family members to mistake innocent issues as signs
of elder abuse, including sex crimes involving seniors. If you or a loved
one has been accused of elder abuse in the Dallas area, you can contact the
Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (214) 613-1972 to arrange legal representation. Or, visit our website
to explore our areas of expertise, including defense for DUI charges,
child sex abuse, and aggravated assault.