Long Beach Elder Abuse Lawyer
What You Need to Know About Elder Abuse
You have seen changes in your elderly family member. Where she was once lively and happy, she now seems withdrawn. You notice that her favorite snacks you brought on your last visit are still unopened, as is the mail you sent her. You also sense she is uncomfortable as she keeps looking towards her caregiver nervously, even though she tells you she is fine. You notice a few bruises she cannot explain. Is this normal? Or is it something far more sinister?
Elder abuse is sadly very much a reality for many seniors who have to depend on caregivers who control their access to food, water, clothing, and in many ways, their lives.
Do you suspect that a loved one has been mistreated? Act now. Report the abuse to Adult Protective Services and then discuss your options with a trusted legal advocate.
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The Rights of the Elderly
The safe and prosperous society we live in today is due, to a great extent, to the heroic actions and sacrifices of our elders. They fought the wars that kept us free and built our cities, towns, and schools. We have an obligation to keep them well cared for and the federal government agrees. In 1987, the Nursing Home Reform Act was passed, establishing a "Resident’s Bill of Rights." These rights include:
- Freedom from abuse, neglect, and mistreatment
- Freedom from physical restraints
- The right to privacy (including phone calls, mail, and conversations)
- The right to have medical, physical, psychological, and social needs met
- The right to participate in family and resident groups
- The right to be treated with dignity
- The right to free communication
- The right to exercise self-determination
- The right to participate in the review of one's care plan, and to be fully informed in advance about any changes in care, treatment, or change of status in the facility
- The right to voice grievances without fear of discrimination or reprisal
These inalienable rights apply to all residents of all senior facilities, including Residential-Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE or assisted living), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF or nursing homes), group homes, and adult day health care facilities.
Red Flags That May Point to Elder Abuse
Elder abuse is a serious problem that affects hundreds of thousands of elderly individuals across the country. When we entrust an institution or an individual with the care of our loved one, we usually do not think about the potential dangers he or she may face. The reality is, elder abuse can happen to anyone and in any setting. Here are red flags that often point to abuse:
- Emotional Abuse
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Lack of interest in normal activities
- A caregiver isolating an elder from others
- Nervous or anxious behavior, such as rocking
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Dirty clothing
- Rapid weight loss
- Facilities in disrepair
- Lack of staff and resources
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Bruises around the breasts or genital areas
- Discovery of sexually transmitted diseases
- Difficulty walking or standing up
- Social withdrawal
- Touchy behavior by caregiver
- Bloody or torn clothing
I Suspect Abuse, Now What Do I Do?
Once you have reached the point where you believe that your senior is being abused, you need to take action and you need to do so quickly. If you believe that imminent harm may come to your senior, it is absolutely appropriate and necessary that you call 911 and get the police involved.
If, instead, you believe that there is more chronic abuse going on, report it to California’s Adult Protective Services or your local doctor or hospital. Your observations, insights, and evaluations of the situation will serve as critical evidence in considering the condition of the senior and actions of the caregivers. Take and be prepared to share detailed notes and make sure you are able to provide all relevant information with the investigating team.
Help from an Advocate Who Cares
As an experienced elder abuse lawyer in Long Beach, Travis Siegel of Siegel Law has been protecting the elderly in our community since 2002. He is personally invested in each case and truly cares about being able to seek justice for his clients. His deep experience, his dedication, and his ability to deliver meaningful results have earned him a reputation as a proven advocate in the field. When you need an attorney who cares, one who fights for you from beginning to end, turn to Travis and his team by calling (562) 645-4145.
- Attorneys General Across the Country Unite to End Elder Abuse
- Living in a Nursing Home: A Dangerous Sentence?
- Tips When Looking for an Elder Abuse Lawyer
- Elder Abuse and Neglect Jury Verdict
- The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act
- Elder Abuse - National Institute on Aging