I Take Elder Abuse Investigation SeriouslyAny aging person can be a victim of elder abuse, regardless of their gender and cultural background. Although proving the existence of abuse in the elderly can be difficult, I provide expertise and a track record of uncovering it when it does, and providing evidence.
Many older people come to depend on the care of others, whether in a nursing home or hospital setting, or in their own home through community support workers or domiciliary nurses. This dependence can make them especially vulnerable to abuse or neglect by those they should be able to trust.
As with other forms of abuse, victims of elder abuse may be unwilling to speak out, and or may be too scared or too weak to do so. I can investigate family members’ concerns into abuse, and give a voice to elderly victims who can’t speak out themselves.
Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as “a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person”.
This abuse may be deliberate or unintentional, and unfortunately, friends and relatives are often the culprits.
Regardless of how or why it occurs, there is never any excuse for elder abuse.
As the longest serving private investigator in Australia, you can have complete confidence in my ability to investigate, assess and verify abuse against your loved ones so you can take action.
Warning signs of elder abuse
Older members of the community, particularly those in their own homes, can be easy targets for financial exploitation through support workers, or even members of their own family. Money and personal items of value may go missing, which can be explained away by the aging person’s poor memory or declining mental clarity.
In some cases, bank accounts are accessed and used fraudulently, houses are sold against the elder owner’s will, or ownership may even be signed over to caregivers.
- Physical: rough handling or hitting, pushing and shoving, sedating with medication, restraining.
- Sexual: coercion into unwanted sexual activity, providing care in exchange for sexual favours, using socially offending language.
- Emotional and psychological: belittling the older person, name calling, shouting, removing decision making powers.
- Financial: misusing finances, withholding knowledge of their bank balance, selling property, and forcing changes to legal documents.
- Neglect: not washing the older person, withholding medication or medical care, refusing assistance following an accident, abandonment for long periods.
Supporting family members who suspect elder abuse
When family members suspect elder abuse, the helplessness of being unable to prove it is occurring can be incredibly distressing.
With over 45 years of investigative experience, I am highly experienced at conducting sensitive investigations into claims of physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse against older people.
I can investigate and assess your aging loved one’s situation to help you make informed decisions about their care, and take appropriate action if abuse is occurring.
By providing hard evidence such as video, audio or still images, I am able to help you verify your suspicions or claims so corrective or legal action can be taken.
Resources to understand the rights of older people
Visit the Australian Government’s resources about elder abuse concerns.
Find out what protection from elder abuse is available via the Queensland Government.
The Elder Abuse Prevention Unit promotes the right of all older people to live free from abuse.