As I age, I am seeing more and more friends and family pass away. Since we reside in the LBC, I wanted to discuses something that hit close to home. Every person who finds themselves in a situation where they can no longer care for themselves deserves to be treated with respect and care to maintain their quality of health. With a growing population of elderly people in Long Beach, this issue becomes more important each year. There are many veterans there in this old Navy town, who are now going into to elder homes. Sadly, over 2 million elderly Americans are subjected to abuse and neglect each year, whether physical, psychological, or otherwise.
Elder Care Facilities
Long Beach is not immune to the problem and it is important both to the patient and their loved ones that the facts of elderly abuse and neglect within a facility or otherwise be known ahead of time so that it can be avoided if possible, and remedied once it happens. When your elderly loved one is in the care of a facility or caretaker, you trust their very life with this person or home.
Abuse Comes in Many Forms
Rather than doing so blindly, be mindful of some of the signs that indicate possible abuse or neglect. If the abuse is psychological, the elder may first show it through changes in their normal behavior. Someone who is normally outgoing may suddenly become very introverted. Arguments may increase between the caretaker and the elderly person. If the neglect or abuse is physical, there may be signs such as a supposed failure to take medications regularly, a general increase in ailments, or even physical signs such as bruises, sores, or marks on the wrists and ankles.
The Fragile Elder
Sometimes either the psychological or physical signs of elder abuse are explained as the effects of increasing age or illness; as the elderly are already fragile, this becomes a common excuse to hide neglect and abuse. However, abuse and neglect can be difficult to prove. If you suspect that your loved one may be the victim of abuse or neglect, it is vital that you contact a lawyer at Ehline Law Firm PC 6700 East Pacific Coast Highway Suite 275, Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 342-9092, who specializes in the welfare of the elderly in the Long Beach area for problems like medical liens, so that they can advise you on what steps to take to ascertain your loved one is receiving the care that they should be.
When you trust your elderly loved one to someone else’s care, and they fail you, make sure you have a qualified elder abuse attorney on you and your love one’s side.
Each State Requires a Licensed Attorney
Recently, a close, senior citizen family member was on a trip to Illinois, slipped, fell, and ended up being sent to an elder home to convalesce. When she was committed there, she was denied proper care and ended up with bed sores and other issues. She tried to hire a California attorney, since she lives there. She told me that her lawyer in California said each state has its own laws and licensed professionals and law firms. She was referred to a fellow in Chicago who practices law there. Thankfully, there are attorneys dedicated to fighting elder abuse in other cities as well. In Chicago, the nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have a very strong track record when it comes to securing favorable settlements for seniors who have been mistreated. She was happy with the results in her case.