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What is the difference between elder abuse and neglect?

It is considered elder abuse according to Wisconsin Law if the defendant is 60 years or older. Under Wisconsin Law as defined by Chapter 46.90, elder abuse falls under one of 5 categories: (1) physical, (2) emotional, (3) sexual, (4) treatment without consent and (5) unreasonable confinement or restraint.

Neglect is defined as “the failure of a caregiver… to endeavor to secure or maintain adequate care, services or supervision for an individual, including food, clothing shelter, or physical or mental health care, and creating significant risk or danger to the individual’s physical or mental health.”

How to report elder abuse in Madison

Contact the Dane County Department of Human Services:

1202 Northport Dr, Madison, WI 53704

Daytime hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Daytime phone: 608-261-9933.
After hours phone: 608-255-6067 or 9-1-1 if there is an emergency

What are the 7 types of elder abuse?

Nursing home abuse can be broken down into 7 main types:

  • Abandonment when a caregiver leaves an elder to fend for themselves without warning
  • Emotional when an elder is threatened or ignored by caretakers
  • Financial when money or valuables are extorted or stolen from elders
  • Neglect when an elder is not properly cared for and experiences medical complications or injury as a result
  • Physical any form of harm that causes bodily injury including kicking, punching and shoving
  • Self-Neglect when an elder cannot properly care for themselves
  • Sexual non-consensual sexual contact including kissing, touching and rape

Common signs of nursing home abuse

Be aware of common signs of nursing home abuse so that you can break the cycle. Some indications that nursing home abuse is occurring include:

  • Rocking back and forth
  • Mumbling to themselves
  • Dehydration/Malnutrition
  • Unexplained bruises, welts or scarring
  • Caregiver’s refusal to let you see your loved one alone
  • Over- or under-medicating
  • Suspicious changes in wills or power of attorney

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The Madison nursing home abuse attorneys at the Warshafsky firm have successfully secured millions of dollars in compensation from various nursing homes, hospitals and their insurance companies. Only by choosing an experienced attorney will you secure the largest settlement possible. Unlike other personal injury law firms, Warshafsky Law is not quick to settle with an insurance company. We fully fund every case through trial, and our clients are not required to pay anything until they receive monetary compensation.

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What is nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse is the mistreatment or neglect of older adults in assisted living facilities.

Is nursing home abuse common?

Yes, nursing home abuse is a common problem. 66% of nursing home staff members admitted to abusing residents in a 2020 study from the World Health Organization (WHO).

What factors put people at risk of abuse in nursing homes?

While any resident can suffer from nursing home abuse, some are at a higher risk than others. For example, female residents and those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease are more likely to be abused. Additionally, residents who do not have loved ones regularly checking in on them may also be at a greater risk of abuse.

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