Today’s Baby Boomers Can Be Tomorrow’s Elder Abuse Victims
Tens of thousands of new seniors are vulnerable to elder abuse every day according to Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. In a meeting with officials and advocates from the law enforcement, healthcare and financial services fields, Dalton warned that with the influx of Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964) are reaching the age where they may need more help with activities of daily living. Some, depending on conditions, may need skilled nursing, or 24/7 care.
In the United States, there are 10,000 people reaching the age of 65 every day and this trend will continue for the next 15 years. As your mother or father gets older and experiences the changes that come with the aging process, it’s very possible that you will find yourself taking on the role of “caregiver.” As much as you may want to assume this role full-time, life’s obligations often get in the way. The kids need to get from place to place, you have work responsibilities, etc.
Once you’ve made a choice and moved your parent into a nursing home, assisted living or other elder care facility, it’s important to stay vigilant. You have to trust the facility to do as it promised, but you still have to keep eyes and ears open. All too often, patients are mistreated – abused or neglected – due to overcrowding or untrained staff. In fact, there are many reasons that elderly nursing home residents get abused – and all of them are intolerable.
That’s why we believe that if your loved one is being mistreated in any kind of long term care facility, by workers or other residents, you need to reach out to an attorney who is qualified to handle nursing home abuse cases. These cases can be particularly hard to prove because of the victim’s often diminished mental state; it’s imperative that you hire an attorney that can get to the facts of the matter and get justice for your family.
The Sugarman law firm has years of experience helping families find justice in elder neglect and elder abuse cases. Call us today for a free consultation so we can help restore your loved one’s dignity and get them maximum compensation.