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The Most Common Forms of Elder Abuse

The Most Common Forms of Elder Abuse

The aging among us are some of our most vulnerable citizens. Many of our aging relatives need assistance when it comes to caring for themselves adequately, which often falls to their loved ones—unfortunately, far too many of the elderly experience elder abuse. Understanding the specifics of elder abuse can help you avoid mistakenly engaging in such practices and can help you build your strongest defense if you are ever alleged to have engaged in such practices.

Negligence and Elder Abuse

Negligence lacks the intention required for the treatment of another to reach the level of elder abuse, but it can be just as harmful. Negligence refers to failing to provide the aging person in question with the basics that they need to live a full, healthy life. Often, negligence and other abuse charges are levied against employees or administrators at nursing homes. Still, they can also apply to anyone else who provides the individual in question with care. Forms of negligence can include:

  • Providing inadequate hydration or nutrition

  • Not paying adequate attention to the individual’s needs

  • Failing to administer necessary medications according to a prescribed schedule

  • Failing to provide necessary assistance related to the individual’s personal hygiene

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse of an aging relative, loved one, charge, or client is not only the most blatant form of abuse but is also the most repugnant. The elderly are far more vulnerable to physical abuse because they tend to be both less strong and more fragile than are their caregivers. For example, grabbing a person who isn't of advanced age by the arm might not be a problem at all, but the same grab could leave an older person painfully bruised.


If the aging individual in question requires ongoing care, abandonment can be considered a form of abuse. When a care provider is alleged to have intentionally deserted an aging charge who needs the person’s care, it can lead to abuse charges. Sometimes, these charges relate to dropping off an aging person in one’s care at a nursing home or another kind of medical facility without making any prior arrangements – or of dropping him or her off at the home of another without making any necessary plans.

Other Forms of Abuse

Other forms of elder abuse can include:

  • Emotional Abuse – Emotional abuse relates to purposeful behaviors that are intended to inflict emotional or psychological pain or distress on the aging person.

  • Sexual Abuse – Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, and it relates to forceful or otherwise unwanted sexual contact.

  • Financial Abuse – The aging among us are not only emotionally and physically vulnerable but are also financially so, and caregivers are often well-positioned to take advantage of this fact.

Make the Call to an Experienced Killeen Criminal Lawyer Today

If you are facing an elder abuse charge, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a well-established criminal lawyer with expansive experience successfully protecting the rights of clients like you. To learn more, please do not wait to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 today.