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Posted on April 18, 2019 by

What is Elder Abuse? What Missouri Residents Need to Know.

All over the State of Missouri, elderly people are being abused. Sadly, it does happen within families, but it's much more likely to take place when they are in nursing facilities. This can cause a great deal of distress for their loved ones who may not know how to properly identify elder abuse. They may also not know what to do about it. This is what you need to know. 

What is Elder Abuse?

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services defines elder abuse as "The infliction of injury or harm by any person, firm, or corporation." It includes physical, sexual, financial and emotional harm. Elder abuse can take place for a long time without families knowing about it.

This is especially true for senior citizens with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. They're not likely to remember any incidents, or they may not be believed when they report them to others. 

Getting Help From a St. Louis Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

Concerned families should get immediate assistance from a local St. Louis nursing home neglect attorney. We know how to handle these types of cases, and we understand the rights that both the victim and the family have. There may be compensation to be awarded, depending on the circumstances, and the right attorney will work hard for it. 

You are not alone if a loved one is ever a victim of elder abuse.