Nothing can be more shocking or infuriating than to learn that your parents or loved ones have been neglected or abused. We can help!
What can you legally do if your parent or loved one is a victim of neglect or abuse? What do you do when you discover that their bank account has been emptied by their care giver (often a family member) or you witness bruises or sores? What if an unscrupulous contractor convinced them that their roof was about to cave in and cons them out of $30,000? We have handled these kinds of cases and too many more to mention. It is likely time to take legal action and put in place Geriatric Care Management.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse and neglect are categorized in two ways: Domestic, or Institutional. Domestic abuse or neglect happens in a person’s own home or in the home of a caregiver. Institutional abuse or neglect occurs when an older person is mistreated in a professional facility for the care of older people like: a nursing home, foster home, or group home.
Kinds of Abuse to watch for:
- Financial Abuse: the improper or illegal use of the resources of an older person, without his/her consent, or with coerced consent, for someone else’s benefit.
- Neglect: the failure to care for or provide the physical needs of an older person. Some examples are abandonment, substandard physical care when the person is dependent upon a caregiver, denial of food or health-related services.
- Physical Abuse: causing physical pain or injury, (slapping, bruising, sexually molesting, restraining).
- Psychological Abuse: causing mental suffering or distress – for example, humiliating, intimidating, or threatening.
If you suspect that a loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, contact our office right away. Attorney Julie Fiedler is not only a knowledgeable attorney who focuses her practice solely on estate planning and elder law, but she is also a former nurse who understands the physical and emotional side of care giving for older people.
Elders are vulnerable. Our law office can set up a support system to make sure that your loved ones are protected. We will help you put checks in place to make sure that people are available to check on your loved ones and make sure that they get food when they need it and make sure their bills get paid etc.. This is called Geriatric Care Management. We assist you in managing the process to make sure that someone is around to take care of the people who mean the most to you. Call us.
Our phone number is 925-244-1185.