Elder Abuse law is a set of laws that involve the protection of elderly individuals and the punishment of those who mistreat them. This set of laws was created since there has been an increased propensity in the mistreatment of elderly people, who are rendered defenseless and dependent on their abusers due to their advanced age.
Such laws are not limited to nursing homes but apply to any environment wherein an elderly individual is being taken care of. The most common issue involved in elder abuse law is neglect, which invariably leads to emotional, mental, and physical distress of the elderly. A person or entity that has committed themselves to the care of an elderly is liable for any harm that may come to him or her. If the elderly suffers in an individual or entity’s care, the latter may be prosecuted for negligence under the elder abuse law.
It is also possible that elderly individuals may be financially exploited given their dependence on another individual or entity. It is possible that elderly people may be tricked into giving or signing away their finances to another, or they may be forced to do so if exposed to abuse.
However, not all elder abuse laws are preventive in nature. Some laws detail how to care for the elderly and how caretakers must respond to the needs of the elderly. An example of this type of proactive law is when caretakers may be required to provide a monthly medical examination to the elderly.