Increasing incidents of elder abuse have brought an awareness of this serious issue to the forefront. As a result, there are several simple steps that anyone can take in order to prevent elder abuse, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.
Everyone, but especially those who have loved one being cared for by others or in long-term care facilities, should know the signs of elder abuse and neglect. You should frequently visit with and speak to your loved one in order to ensure that the caregivers are providing him or her with the appropriate care. Unexplained falls, bruising, and broken bones might all indicate physical abuse. Likewise, development of infections or other serious medical problems might stem from neglect. Carefully monitor your loved one’s care in order to protect him or her.
If your loved one receives care from a home health aide or private caregiver, ensure that he or she receives respite from caregiving on a regular basis. Everyone needs a break, and caring for an elderly person can be exhausting and frustrating, sometimes leading to abuse.
Get involved in your loved one’s finances to prevent him or her falling prey to scams or other types of financial exploitation. Find out what steps your loved one’s bank or other financial institution take to prevent fraud. Ask the bank manager to train the tellers to spot elderly financial fraud and other similar schemes. Also, ask the director of your religious congregation to educate its members about financial abuse of the elderly and what preventative steps to take.
When long-term care becomes a necessity, you want your loved one to be as safe and cared for as possible. At Boller & Vaughan, we are all too familiar with the rampant abuse that occurs all too often in understaffed, underfunded, overcrowded nursing homes. We have investigated many allegations of abuse and neglect, including those that have resulted in serious injuries to elderly residents, thus giving rise to a claim for damages against the responsible person and facility. Allow us to look into the background of your situation, evaluate the many options that may be available to you, and help you decide what move to make next. Contact the Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorneys of Boller & Vaughan, and see what help we have to offer you.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.