Be Alert to Elder Abuse

By Wolfe & Associates  Jul. 1, 2011 3:49p

As there are advances in medicine, our nation’s elderly population continues to grow. The elderly are someone’s mothers and fathers. They are ex-World War II veterans; they are retired doctors and attorneys. Some of them were somebody’s Kindergarten teacher, who taught them to read. Although the elderly may be unrecognizable, compared to their youth, they are people too. People, who were once strong, people who went to school and grew up to have families of their own. And people who were once somebody’s children, themselves.

As seniors’ lives fast forward and time begins to slow down, their bodies start show signs of aging. They eventually come to a point when they are no longer physically capable of caring for themselves. Often times the elderly have to rely on their children for care.

At first, caring for one’s parents may be fine. Their children try to give them a good diet, give them all their vitamins and medicines. They take them to their doctors’ appointments and ensure they get ample exercise. However, as time goes by, their children can no longer provide the level of care that they require. For many, aging is like rewinding time. An elder adult may very well require the same extent of care as an infant, which means round the clock attention. When this happens, we turn to an assisted living, nursing home, or other long-term facility to care for our loved ones.

Substandard Care in Nursing Homes

If you are intending on placing your loved one in a nursing home or other assisted living facility, you need to be informed about nursing home negligence and nursing home abuse. Nursing home negligence is a widespread problem, afflicting one in three nursing homes across the nation. The Senate Special Committee on Aging estimates that there are approximately 5 million victims each year. Furthermore, for every one case of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation reported to the authorities, five more go unreported. If your loved one has been victimized by nursing home negligence, contact a Lubbock personal injury attorney right away.

CNN reports that over 90 percent of nursing home facilities are understaffed. Staff shortages contribute to health problems, neglect and abuse. Many nursing homes hire untrained, underpaid and inexperienced employees, some of them even carry a criminal record across state lines.

Nursing home abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence, contact a Lubbock nursing home negligence lawyer from Wolfe & Associates without delay!

Contact a Lubbock nursing home negligence attorney from our firm for a free initial consultation.

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