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Choosing caregivers for an older loved one is a difficult and emotional decision.

Often, feelings of guilt are associated with employing home health assistance or moving a loved one to an assisted living or skilled care facility. Many people say that their choices were made with the best interest of their loved one in mind.

We trust that the people who are responsible for your family member will provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in 10 senior citizens under the care of paid staff have reported experiencing and/or witnessing elder abuse.

If you suspect or have evidence of elder abuse, contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli immediately to prevent further abuse and obtain the care your loved one needs.

Elder abuse refers to intentional acts or failures to act that may cause a risk of harm to someone age 60 or older. Abuse is categorized in several ways:

Physical – Intentional use of physical force, such as hitting or pushing, that results in illness, injury or pain

Sexual – Forced or unwanted sexual interaction of any type, as well as non-contact acts of sexual harassment

Emotional/Psychological – Verbal or non-verbal behaviors that inflict fear, anxiety or mental distress on an older adult; examples are preventing elders from social interaction, humiliation, destruction of property, and name calling

Neglect – Failure to meet an older person’s basic needs, such as food, water, shelter, clothing, hygiene and medical care

Financial – Illegally or improperly using money, benefits, property, or other assets that belong to an elder to benefit someone other than the elder.