Each year there are thousands of individuals affected by elder abuse or neglect. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 1 in 6 people over the age of 60 have been victims of elder abuse in the past year. Below are a few simple steps that you can take to help protect your loved one from abuse or neglect.
Establish a Power of Attorney or a Will before your loved one’s mental capacity is diminished or before one is needed. This will help protect any assets and will simplify any needed legal action.
Visit your loved one as often as you can. By visiting frequently, not only will you be able to see any changes first hand, but it may also act as a deterrent for any abuse or neglect. If you’re unable to visit in-person, try to call or video chat as often as possible.
Speak with the staff or director about your loved one’s care. Make sure you are aware of any medications they are on or any changes in their condition or temperament. Follow up to make sure the staff is continuing the care your loved one needs.
Take notes of any medications they are on, any injuries they may have, or any changes that you notice in their personality or attitude. Keep a notebook with this information and make sure to take pictures of any injuries or situations that occur. These notes, photographs, and videos can become vital if anything bad happens.
Research and understand the signs of elder abuse. Be prepared so, in the event that you believe that your loved one is being abused or neglected, you know how to take action. Understand the process for reporting abuse or neglect in their facility and the state.
If your loved one has suffered an injury due to nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Powers Taylor today. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We fight for those without a voice.