Abuse and Neglect in Adult Day Care Centers
Adult day care centers differ from nursing homes in that they only provide services part time for elderly men and women. They are a great option for providing social opportunities and stimulating activities in a supervised setting for elderly people who can still take care of themselves to an extent.
Abuse and neglect at an adult day care center are less common than in nursing homes, simply because the elderly men and women they take care of are not there 24/7. However, that doesn’t mean that abuse and neglect don’t happen. Emotional and financial abuse in particular are unfortunately common at adult day care centers. Wandering and elopement are also concerns.
If you have reason to suspect that your parent or grandparent has been abused or neglected at an adult day care center, please don’t hesitate to contact elder abuse attorney Travis Siegel at 562-372-6904 today for your complimentary consultation.
Signs of Abuse at an Adult Day Care Center
The best way to spot signs of abuse is to be actively engaged with your elderly loved one and on the lookout for changes in behavior. If your loved one lives with you, talking to them every day and taking an active interest in their day to day life will often clue you in when something is wrong.
Specific signs to look for can include:
- Changes in behavior, such as depression or anxiety
- Unwillingness to talk about the staff or activities at their day care center
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or injuries
- Multiple instances of falls at the center
- Large amounts of money being “lent out” or disappearing
In addition, if an adult day care center is inadequately staffed, it is possible that your loved one could wander out of the center and put themselves at risk. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or other cognitive difficulties, they need to be closely watched and the center should be secured against wandering outside.
Travis Siegel has reached settlements of up to a million dollars for elderly patients who wandered out of an inadequately supervised adult day care center and were subsequently injured or killed.
What Can You Do About Abuse or Neglect At An Adult Day Care Center?
If you think that your elderly loved one has been abused or neglected at an adult day care center, you should contact Adult Protective Services first, then call elder abuse lawyer Travis Siegel. Adult Protective Services can help start an investigation into the center, and Mr. Siegel can help you get started with a lawsuit to recover damages if he thinks you have a strong case.
Our elderly relatives deserve to be treated with compassion and respect even if their mental and physical abilities are in decline. Travis Siegel can help you get the justice and compensation that you and your loved one deserve.
Schedule Your Elder Abuse Consultation
Don’t wait to contact Long Beach elder abuse and neglect lawyer Travis Siegel at 562-372-6904 today if you have evidence or suspicion of abuse at an adult day care center. Consultations are complimentary, and we do not take payment until we have reached a successful outcome for you.
We serve clients in Long Beach, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, and other nearby areas of southern California.