The family of an elderly man called 911 earlier this week after the victim claimed his nephew gouged out his eyes with a spoon, according to Fox 19. The 79-year-old uncle is being treated in the intensive care unit at USA Medical Center in Mobile and is listed in serious condition. The nephew is in police custody and is facing assault charges with no bond.
The nephew reportedly has no previous arrests for violent crimes, but had been arrested before for resisting arrest, failure to obey a policeman and disorderly conduct. An investigation is underway into the Alabama elder abuse incident.
Our Birmingham criminal defense attorneysunderstand that this case, similar to cases sometimes sensationalized in the media, shows a younger relative being accused of neglecting or abusing an older relative. As these accusations are common, it is important to consider all contributing factors as such claims can oftentimes be misleading.
We understand that caring for a loved one, full-time, can be exhausting and can take quite a toll on your personal life. A caregiver oftentimes devotes themselves to care for, without pay, a disabled or chronically ill family member. Demands are overwhelming and you can find you’ve gotten yourself in over your head. Burn out can often occur and can cause mental and physical damage to a caregivers health.
Providing constant care to a family member can result in burnout and even emotional problems. It is important to understand and recognize the signs of burn out and seek proper help and relaxation once symptoms begin to surface. A burnt out caregiver will have a tendency to have less energy, is more prone to sicknesses, neglects personal needs, becomes impatient or irritable, feels overwhelmed or helpless or will believe that their life is made up entirely of care giving and nothing else.
The National Family Caregiver’s Association offers you these tips to help preserve your health as a caregiver:
-Be cautious of any signs pointing to depression. Do not delay in seeking professional help for yourself if such symptoms arise.
-Get educated. Learn about your loved one’s conditions so you’re able to not only communicate better with them, but with their doctors as well.
– Go with your instincts as most of the time they’re right and will lead you in the right direction.
-Grieve for your losses, and move on. Dream new dreams. Don’t let things affect every aspect of your life as it’s sure to result in diminishing health.
-Be sure to stand up for your rights as a caregiver. You’re a person too, and should have the same rights as everyone else. Live your life.
-Seek support from others, especially other caregivers. Networking with others can help you to get a better understanding about care giving and help you to learn new tips and techniques.
-Be good to your back as caregivers often do a lot of lifting.
-When other people offer help, accept it. Don’t be afraid to ask specific favors from those who are willing.
-Being a caregiver is a full-time job. Remember to take breaks, you deserve them.
As it is not unusual for a caregiver to be accused of neglecting or abusing an older relative, it is important to understand that many times these accusations can be proven false because of the mental and physical state of the relative. Falsifying claims may not be entirely their fault as they may not know any better.