What is elder abuse or neglect?
Elderly patients often suffer injury and illness due to neglect or abuse from assisted living facilities, skilled nursing home, hospitals, or home caregivers. For instance, elderly patients become dehydrated or malnourished from inadequate intake of food and water, or lack of assistance with eating and drinking, leading to severe complications and life-threatening health conditions. Neglect can cause bed sores, decubitus ulcers, and other similar avoidable injuries.
Injuries can result from abandonment, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse of the elderly. Skilled nursing home or caregiver abuse can include:
- Failure to provide healthy foods
- Failure to provide sufficient water
- Failure to care for daily personal hygiene
- Failure to provide early and effective medical treatment
- Isolation or confinement of an elderly patient
- Unnecessary Sedation
- Physical or verbal abuse
Unfortunately, skilled nursing home or caregiver neglect is difficult to recognize since elderly patients have trouble communicating as a result of dementia, confusion, or even fear of retaliation by their abusers. Family members should be vigilant and look for signs of possible neglect or abuse of their elders.
Do you suspect elder abuse or neglect?
Don’t wait! Report the incident to the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA). All calls are confidential. You can navigate the map on their website for your state. The website provides easy access to information on reporting suspected neglect and abuse nationwide.
Contact a Sacramento Elder Abuse Lawyer
The best way to prevent the neglect and abuse of helpless elders is ensuring the facilities and individuals who victimize the elderly are held responsible for their actions. The attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley have experience representing the elderly, dependent adults and their families in cases of abuse and neglect.
Victims of elder abuse or neglect, or their families, should contact our experienced elder abuse attorneys for a free case consultation. We will help investigate your claim, take legal action against the perpetrators, and improve the quality of life for the victims.
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