California elder abuse attorneys want to advise family members and loved ones on how to select a caregiver, and signs of elder abuse to watch for.
Elder abuse is defined as intentional actions that can cause harm or create serious risk of harm to a vulnerable elder, perpetuated by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship with the elder. This can take many forms, including psychological, financial, physical and sexual, and neglect. Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse. California elder abuse attorneys say that approximately 90% of abusers are a family member.
Factors that can increase an elder’s risk of abuse include advanced age, cognitive impairment, isolation, loneliness, chronic illness, low income and decreased mobility, according to California elder abuse attorneys. According to the California Attorney General, 200,000 elders and dependent adults are victims of abuse annually, but only one in 14 cases are reported to authorities.
Tips in Choosing a Caregiver:
-Use an agency that is insured and bonded
-Ask the agency about its screening, training, and support for caregivers
Signs of Abuse to Look For:
-Look out for physical signs, such as frequent falls, undernourishment, dehydration, under- or overmedication, confusion and depression.
-Note how the caregivers assist with housekeeping, personal care, shopping, meal preparation, medication management, etc.
-Note any recent changes in banking or spending patterns.
-Observe your loved one’s relationship to caregivers, and pick up on any signs of fear or anxiety.
-Ask your loved one if he or she is afraid of anyone, if anyone is taking things without permission, or if anyone is asking him or her to do things they are not comfortable with.
-Note the appearance of your loved one, including cleanliness or unexplained bruising.
California elder abuse attorneys also recommend planning ahead with regards to bank accounts, finances, and making sure your loved one’s estate is in place. It is also helpful to provide neighbors with your contact info in the event of an emergency. California elder abuse attorneys recommend contacting your local Adult Protective Services if you suspect your loved one is at risk of elder abuse.
Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles all types of elder abuse cases, including financial elder abuse, and has offices throughout California. If you suspect that a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse, please contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.