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ELDER ABUSE

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THE LAW

ABUSE

Includes physical abuse, neglect, financial abuse, abandonment, isolation, abduction, unreasonable restraints, verbal abuse, harassment, or any other treatment that results in physical harm, pain, or mental suffering.

NEGLECT

Failure to assist in personal hygiene or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter.  Failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs.  Failure to protect from health and safety hazards.  Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration.

 

WHO IS PROTECTED?

ELDERS

Any person who is 65 years of age or older.

DEPENDENT ADULTS

Any person, between the ages of 18 to 64 years, who has physical or mental limitations that restrict his/her ability to carry out normal activities or to protect his/her own rights.

 

WHY ARE THEY PROTECTED?

It has long been recognized that elders and other dependent adults are particularly vulnerable to neglect and abuse by elder care facilities.  Elder care facilities promise families that they will provide the care and services their loved ones need.  Unfortunately, these facilities are understaffed and fail to properly train their staff.  They do this to maximize their profits.

 

WHAT COMMONLY HAPPENS?

PRESSURE SORES OR "BED SORES"

FALL FRACTURES

OVERMEDICATION /
UNDERMEDICATION

MALNUTRITION / DEHYDRATION

 

WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?

UNDERSTAFFING

LACK OF TRAINING

OVERCROWDED FACILITIES

CORPORATE CULTURE

 

WHO IS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE?

NURSING HOMES / SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES

RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES

HOSPITALS

 

RECOVERABLE DAMAGES

MEDICAL EXPENSES / FUTURE CARE

PHYSICAL PAIN / IMPAIRMENT / DISFIGUREMENT

EMOTIONAL DISTRESS /
MENTAL SUFFERING

 
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