Our private investigators can assist your family in recognizing the signs and will then work to make sure your elderly loved ones are well cared for. In the course of our elder abuse investigations, we perform thorough background investigations, conduct welfare checks and surveillance to make sure all is well with your loved ones.
The different types of elder abuse
Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial trickery.
Physical elder abuse
Physical elder abuse is non-accidental use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Such abuse includes not only physical assaults such as hitting or shoving but the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement.
Emotional elder abuse
In emotional or psychological abuse, people speak to or treat elderly persons in ways that cause emotional pain or distress, including:
Intimidation through yelling or threats
Humiliation and ridicule
Habitual blaming or scapegoating
Ignoring the elderly person
Isolating an elder from friends or activities
Terrorizing or menacing the elderly person
Elder neglect or abandonment by caregivers
Elder neglect—failure to fulfill a caretaking obligation—constitutes more than half of all reported cases of elder abuse. It can be intentional or unintentional, based on factors such as ignorance or denial that an elderly charge needs as much care as he or she does.
This involves unauthorized use of an elderly person’s funds or property, either by a caregiver or an outside scam artist.
An unscrupulous caregiver might:
Misuse an elder’s personal checks, credit cards, or accounts
Steal cash, income checks, or household goods
Forge the elder’s signature
Engage in identity theft
Typical rackets that target elders include:
Announcement of a “prize” that the elderly person has won but must pay money to claim
Healthcare fraud and abuse
Carried out by unethical doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, and other professional care providers, examples of healthcare fraud and abuse regarding elders include:
Not providing healthcare, but charging for it
Overcharging or double-billing for medical care or services
Getting kickbacks for referrals to other providers or for prescribing certain drugs
Overmedicating or under-medicating
Recommending fraudulent remedies for illnesses or other medical conditions