Elder Abuse is an epidemic in the United States and all over the world. For any one case of elder abuse that is actually reported, five other matters go unreported.
Elders and dependent adults are entitled to fair treatment in facilities in which they are dependent for their proper care.
What Constitutes Elder Abuse?
Many times we have found that elders and dependent adults have become dehydrated and malnourished in a facility because the attending individuals are not watching their patients closely.
Bed Sores, also known as Pressure Sores and Decubitus Ulcers can emerge very quickly, should the patient not be turned on a regular basis and the individual’s skin is subject to easy shearing. Infections such as C diff and EColi lead to sepsis (infection of the blood) may result causing wrongful death.
How Can You Check for Elder Abuse?
Make sure that you routinely visit you loved ones in long-term care facilities.
Talk to the elders and dependent adults, if they are able to communicate.
- Make sure that your loved one is getting the care that they need and bargained for.
- If you see or hear problems, immediately talk to the Administrator and, or Director of Nursing and let them know what your specific concerns are.
- Make sure that the follow up on your concerns.
- Do not take NO for an answer.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.