In Alabama, the Adult Protective Services division’s mission is to enable the County Departments to protect elders against neglect, abuse and exploitation. The Department of Human Resources receives all reports of elder abuse and neglect and must investigate said reports. The department also arranges services, reports to the court and can take action to protect any adult in danger. 

How can you determine your elderly loved one needs your help? 

Abuse signs are not always physical

Your loved one may not have bruises, bedsores or broken bones. While these are signs of physical abuse, not all abuse takes a physical form. If a caregiver yells or berates a patient, this is also abuse. Some will isolate patients or intimidate them. If this happens to your loved one, he or she may become more withdrawn. Your enjoyable chats may end with him or her becoming more noncommunicative or depressed. 

Abuse signs can be medical

When you think of abuse, think medical neglect and abuse. Some caregivers may provide a patient with the wrong dosage of medication to ensure compliance and calm behavior. Others may be so busy that they do not provide the correct medication. You may notice medical abuse signs by a patient’s behavior. He or she may show signs of sluggishness or there may be a sudden decline in health and ability. 

The need for elderly housing has increased in recent years. Unfortunately, with said need, some care facilities have fewer staff and may be poorly operated. The mistreatment of the elderly is never acceptable and there are elder abuse options.