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.