What Is Elder Abuse? 

Elder abuse is any form of mistreatment that results in harm or loss to an older person. The abuse could take the form of domestic violence, financial abuse, neglect, physical harm, psychological abuse or even sexual abuse.
When older people lose the ability to care for themselves, there is often a network of people collaborating to provide the level of attention and care they need. For people who live in their own homes, this could include family members, nurses or professional at-home caregivers. Others who reside in nursing homes could rely on nurses in the residence, doctors or employees. With so many people involved, it is important to know the early signs of elder abuse. How to identify it and how to report it.

Often, the person who is being abused may not report it. Therefore, noticing signs of abuse early on is critical to stopping it.

What Constitutes Elder Abuse?  Abusers rarely own up to their actions unless presented with solid evidence. Even when shown proof, many people refuse to admit that their actions constituted elder abuse. Some may even insist that they were just following orders, or most surprisingly, that they were acting in the best interest of the older adults.

Because each type of abuse is so different, the indicators associated with them often vary:

  1. Financial abuse could include missing checks, failing to make payments on time, if at all, missing credit or debit cards, missing property, insufficient funds in banking accounts or failing to pay for medical treatment as needed. Unfortunately, statistics point usually to family members.
  2. Neglect can be committed by all types of caregivers, and the abuse can range from failing to wash clothing to failing to provide necessary medical care. Signs of neglect could include dirty or unsanitary living conditions, poorly managed medications, bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, and other unexplained or untreated medical conditions. Neglect often leads to leads to serious health and safety concerns.
  3. Physical abuse generally results in some type of bodily injury or impairment. It could range from cuts and scratches to brain injuries or broken bones. If there is a history of repeated injuries, this also could be a sign. No matter the severity of the unexplained injuries, they should be taken seriously. These physical marks also could be indications of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
  4. Psychological abuse or emotional abuse is maybe a little more difficult to detect. It could, however, have just as significant of an impact on a person. This abuse could cause the elderly patient to be afraid of a caregiver or person, to become disconnected from family and friends or to act out differently. If a person suffers from a mental illness, his or her actions could be more severe.

This is what you need to know before hiring a Private Investigator in Los Angeles:

  1. Get a referral for a Private Investigator
  2. You will likely be sharing personal information with this person, and so it is essential to find someone that is really reliable and honest. Do as much research on the private investigator as possible. Please don’t take our word for it. We are proud to share with you our customers’ reviews here

  3. Check the Private Investigator’s license
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  5. Ask about your Private Investigator
  6. To make sure your job gets done right by your potential Private Investigator in Los Angeles, find a detective who specializes in the task you need or look for a firm that has a lot of experience in different services like Kinsey Investigations. Ask about how much work they have done similar to what you want in the past and how those jobs worked out. At Kinsey Investigations, we will be glad to share with you hundreds of successful cases

  7. Consider whether your Private Investigator has insurance
  8. Most serious private investigators are insured up to a few million dollars. While it’s not necessary for all jobs, if something were to happen during the course of the work, you, as the hirer, would be held liable if there was no insurance coverage for your Private Investigator in Los Angeles. At Kinsey Investigations, we are insured any form of property damage. An example: our investigator has gained access to an upstairs alcove in which to photograph from and the balcony breaks due to the weight, we are covered; another investigator goes through a gated area and breaks the gate, we are covered; in the course of our investigation, we are transporting some files and they are lost during the transport, our insurance would pay to reproduce those files.

  9. Talk about confidentiality with your Private Investigator 
  10. You are very likely dealing with sensitive information when you are working with a private investigator and you need to be sure your PI will be discreet and respectful of information shared between the two of you. At Kinsey Investigations, we proud ourselves of working with several Hollywood stars and many important people in this country. One of the reasons they chose us over the competition is that we are discrete and we deliver!

  11. Feel comfortable with the private investigator
  12. If you don’t feel like the private investigator communicates well with you or if they pressure you or make you feel uncomfortable in any way, you should probably choose a different private investigator to work with. Our investigators are specially trained to listen carefully to our clients’ stories, needs, and expectations. We never go too fast or pressure you to do something you are not comfortable doing. At Kinsey Investigations, we simply care!

  13. Get a contract with your Private Investigator
  14. Your initial consultation with a private investigator should be free, and from there, they should be able to outline anticipated cost. At Kinsey Investigations, we proud our self for our transparency policy so hidden costs are ever involved. If you choose to follow through with the work with us, our investigators make sure all fees and expectations are clearly outlined in a contract. They also give you a fee agreement or retainer to sign. Ready to start? Call us now at (310) 613 3755

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