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Which are the main signs of elder neglect?

The Main Signs Of Elder Neglect

In California, elders are those who are 65 or older. A caregiver's neglect can take many forms, from failure to provide shelter to failure to protect from safety hazards to failure to prevent malnutrition.

Elder abuse can be difficult to prove once suspicion arises. The major signs of nursing home neglect include:

  • malnutrition
  • unexplained injuries
  • poor hygiene
  • depression
  • unexpected contraction of diseases 
  • dehydration 

The sad truth is that a number of nursing home abuse cases go unreported and unpunished and roughly 1,800 deaths each year occur due to elder abuse. Reporting nursing home abuse to the proper state hotline should be your first step once you feel your loved one may have been abused. Be sure always to ask your senior how they are feeling and how they are being treated in a facility. For quality legal representation, please contact our personal injury attorneys of the Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm by calling 1-800-722-4176 or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.

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