As the population grows older, many elders face the difficult challenges of aging, such as declining health, long-term care planning, asset protection and other financial concerns.
The practice of elder law is designed to assist seniors with meeting these challenges and give them peace of mind knowing they will age with dignity. This may include planning for long-term care especially if the elders need assistance with daily tasks of living including dressing, feeding, prescription taking, and housekeeping.
It could also include Medicaid planning which involves determining if an elder qualifies for the financial resources provided by this federal program.
Another area of elder law is elder abuse. Unfortunately, elder abuse has increased in the twenty-first century and this type of abuse can take many forms.
Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, or sexual harm inflicted on an older adult, their financial exploitation, or neglect of their welfare by people who are directly responsible for their care. Elder abuse often takes place where the elder lives: where their abusers are often adult children or other family members.
Elder abuse often takes place at an institutional setting such as a nursing home. It is unfortunate that elders in the latter part of their lives are not cared for properly or are simply mistreated or taken advantage of but the guidelines below can help you recognize the signs of elder abuse and how to report the problem.
Types of Elder Abuse that constitute legal action:
Reporting Elder Abuse
If you are an elder being abused, neglected, or exploited tell someone whether it is a doctor, friend, or trusted family member.
If you see an elder being abused or neglected, do not hesitate to report the situation.
It is important to get the elder out of the situation so they can be cared for properly.
There are also legal remedies available to assist elders experiencing elder abuse and it is important to contact an experienced elder abuse or nursing home abuse or neglect attorney.