Few people look forward to the day when they can no longer care for themselves. When this happens in Alabama, they sometimes move closer to family or family moves closer to them. In other instances, seniors may become so frail that your family decides to move them into a nursing home. How do you do this without putting them at risk of abuse?

The unfortunate answer is that it is difficult to prevent elder abuse. Even seniors who remain at home with family members often face abuse from nurses, caretakers and even other family members. Still, if you catch the warning signs early enough, you may get the opportunity to remove them from the situation before it is too late. Note that not all types of abuse are physical. Emotional and even financial abuse are possible as well.

WebMD points out the following as signs of potential abuse:

  • Withdrawals from bank accounts that you cannot explain and your grandparent cannot account for
  • Broken or missing accessories and aids, such as hearing aids, walking sticks and glasses
  • Negative changes in behavior, such as confusion, depression and loss of interest in hobbies
  • Bleeding, cuts, bruises and burns with no explanation
  • Contracting sexual transmitted diseases

If you suspect that your grandparents are being abused, try asking them about it. If they have mental health conditions, such as dementia, you may believe they are unable to communicate. This is sometimes true, but there are other times when you can pick up clues as to what happened.

If after speaking with them your suspicions remain, contact Adult Protective Services. You may not need to submit proof to make a claim of abuse. Still, if you are able to gather or document the contributing factors to your suspicion, this may help to make a solid case later on.

This article shares information from WebMD on elder abuse. It should not be used as legal advice.