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Preventing Senior Physical Abuse

Senior physical abuse can involve hitting, punching, slapping and other physical assault. Unfortunately, senior physical abuse is more common than many people realize in nursing home and caregiver situations. It can also be difficult to detect, especially since the elderly may have trouble articulating or may be afraid to speak up against their abusers.


Physical abuse can happen for many reasons. In some cases, caregivers don’t have the support they need and take it out on their charges. In other reasons, unqualified caregivers are allowed to work with seniors, due to inadequate checks or screenings. In some cases, abusive caregivers even go into the profession because seniors, they feel, are more vulnerable and less likely to tell others about the abuse.

The Effects of Elder Abuse

Unfortunately, the effects of physical abuse on seniors can be devastating. A senior with pre-existing medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, can take a long time to heal from an injury. Any physical mistreatment can lead to broken bones that take a long time to heal or lead to serious complications. In addition, the effects of physical abuse can be devastating for someone who is dependent on caregivers or a nursing home environment. A senior in a Hollywood or South Florida nursing home may feel terrified, upset, traumatized, and may even find their personality changed by the abuse.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Unfortunately, senior abuse in Hollywood and South Florida is difficult to detect. Unless an elderly resident tells authorities about the abuse, it may not be noticeable right away. Friends and family, however, may notice:

  • Unexplained mobility issues
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Personality changes
  • Signs of fear

Any unexplained changes in a senior’s emotional state and any unexplained injuries or medical issues should be thoroughly investigated and examined. They can be signs of abuse, medical conditions, or other problems.

Visiting often can help family members notice signs abuse. Maintaining good communication is also important, since it can mean an elderly friend or family member may feel more comfortable sharing their experiences. If you know someone who is living in a nursing home, visit them and speak with them. Ask them how they are. Take unexplained changes and injuries seriously.

If you have a friend or family member who has been affected by physical abuse in a nursing home or care environment in South Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. Flaxman Law Group is a South Florida law firm with offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami. We’d be happy to review your situation with you and to explore your legal options.