Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse and Neglect-Physical and Financial

The abuse of elder people can occur by nursing home staffers, family members, friends, and others who come in contact with elder people living at home.Elder Abuse and Neglect comes in many different forms. We typically think mainly of physical but are California laws also protect against financial abuse-by merely taking or misappropriating the victim’s money. The elderly, at any actual age, are frail and vulnerable to persons close to them or providing care. Sometimes the “good” caregiver may be frail themselves or for other reasons unable to provide proper care. Sometimes, the caregiver intentionally causes abuse or neglect the senior. If you do notice anything suspect about the care or treatment of an elderly person, intervene intervene and be proactive to stop it tracks. This does not mean you take these things on yourself but get them reported to the proper authorities.

Failing to Provide Necessities-Neglect


If you’ve heard the term “elder neglect” it refers to the failure of a person who has a legal duty or other responsibility to provide care and the necessities of life to an person of advanced age.. The responsible person may be an adult child, other relative, caregiver, or anyone else who has agreed to provide services and necessities. Examples of necessities include food and water, shelter, clothing, medication, safety, personal care, and financial support. In some states, anyone 60 years or older is considered an elder. In other states, the threshold is age 65. Self-neglect also occurs when an elderly person stops engaging in basic self-care.

Be Aware of Elder Neglect


When visiting with an elderly person, be of the signs of neglect or abuse. Physical signs may include bed sores, poor hygiene, dehydration, or weight loss due to malnutrition. The home may not have running water, heat, or proper wiring. Living conditions may be unsanitary. Medical problems may go untreated, due to missed doctor appointments or unfilled prescriptions. The senior may be left alone for long periods of time without food or assistance to the bathroom. The person may have unexplained bruises or broken bones.

Help by Reporting


Laws vary from state to state, but most jurisdictions require that professionals such as nurses and physicians report suspected cases of elder neglect or abuse. Although they are not legally required to do so, concerned citizens may also report elder neglect or abuse. In an emergency, contact law enforcement or the emergency medical system. In a non-emergency situation, call the local adult protective services agency to report your concerns. The agency will send an investigator to the home to gather more information and, if necessary, take steps to correct the situation and protect the elderly person.

Help to Prevent Elder Abuse


Our state like most jurisdictions require that professionals such as nurses and physicians report suspected cases of elder neglect or abuse. Although they are not legally required to do so, concerned citizens may also report elder neglect or abuse. In an emergency, contact law enforcement or the emergency medical system. In a non-emergency situation, call the local adult protective services agency to report your concerns. The agency will send an investigator to the home to gather more information and, if necessary, take steps to correct the situation and protect the elderly person.

A Lawyer Can Help Sort out Your Concerns, Attorney Fees


If you believe or suspect that elder abuse or neglect is occurring, the law offices of James E Mahfood can help. Just phone or e-mail our office if you have concerns. As always, phone consultations are free and with no obligations. Don’t hesitate and be regretful later on. In many cases the court has the authority to grant attorneys fees for the abuse victims.

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