Son threatened on tape to kick and punch mother who has dementia
A tape was heard in the High Court on Wednesday 27th of June, unveiling the treatment suffered by an elderly dementia patient at the hands of her son. In the tape, the son was secretly recorded by the daughter of the woman, abusive and threatening language could be heard throughout the duration of the tape. The daughter was concerned for her mother’s physical, emotional and financial health and safety. In the exchange, it was noted the son was neglecting the duty of care owed to his mother and due to medical and safeguarding concerns, the woman was removed by Gardaí and fire brigade officers to hospital in recent weeks. The president of the High Court Mr. Justice Kelly commented that it was “nauseating” to hear such a tape, and asserted:
No one should speak to an elderly ill person like that and to think her own son would do so was “revolting”, – Mr justice Peter Kelly said.
What is Elder Abuse?
”Abuse may be defined as any act, or failure to act, which results in a breach of a vulnerable person’s human rights, civil liberties, physical and mental integrity, dignity or general well being, whether intended or through negligence, including sexual relationships or financial transactions to which the person does not or cannot validly consent, or which are deliberately exploitative. Abuse may take a variety of forms.” (Protecting our Future, Report of the Working Group on Elder Abuse, September 2002) – Source HSE.ie
What forms can Elder Abuse take?There are several forms of abuse, any or all of which may be carried out as the result of deliberate intent, negligence or ignorance.
- Psychological abuse
- Neglect and acts of omission
- Financial or material abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
CONTACT OUR PERSONAL INJURY SOLICITORS
Coleman Legal have received instructions from clients who have suffered personal abuse or identified the signs of same towards their loved ones. If you have been affected somehow, and if you have come across a situation of abuse and need support on this matter, you can contact our personal injury solicitors to discuss how to vindicate your rights. However, if you are unsure about what constitutes elder abuse, you can read more here Care Home Abuse – Nursing Home Neglect.
- Independent.ie – 26/06/2018 – Son threatened on tape to kick and punch mother who has dementia