If you are caregiver or relative of an aging adult, you have likely heard heartbreaking stories of elder abuse and neglect. The good news is that, while your loved one will likely spend the majority of the time out from under your watchful eye, there is much you can do to protect them.
Speak with an elder abuse attorney in Walnut Creek immediately if you suspect your loved one is being neglected or harmed.
Neglect is a form of elder abuse that may be difficult to spot. The signs may be more subtle and your loved one may be less likely to complain, which is why it is even more critical that you know what it looks like. During your visits with your senior at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other residential senior facility, be sure to do the following as often as possible to look for signs of neglect:
Keep in mind that you are your senior’s best advocate, especially if they are being neglected or abused by nursing home staff. Even if your senior is hesitant to disclose the details of what they are experiencing in their retirement home, it is critical that you see the signs and take action on their behalf. Also remember that if you visit your loved one regularly you are more likely to take notice of small changes in their social behavior, mood, and personality and receive more honest feedback from them about the quality of care they are receiving.
One of the first things you should do when you suspect your loved one is being neglected is to speak with nursing home staff. Embrace the possibility that there has been a misunderstanding or uncharacteristic lapse in care, but do not accept low-quality care. If you feel your loved one is being neglected and that neglect is taking a toll on your loved one’s health and wellbeing, speak up immediately.
At Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, we are passionate about standing up for vulnerable people and ensuring they are protected. We are committed to helping you defend your loved one and hold neglectful caregivers and nursing homes responsible for not administering reasonable or agreed-upon care.
If you suspect your loved one is being neglected in their nursing home, call (925) 275-5592 to schedule your free consultation with our Walnut Creek elder abuse attorneys.