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Caring For Our Elders

Posted on February 8, 2017

Our elderly friends and relatives are near and dear to our hearts, but sometimes they need more assistance with their daily tasks and personal care than we are able to provide ourselves. It is not without a great deal of consideration and contemplation that we make a decision to have them move into an assisted living facility to ensure that they get the care they need in their advanced years and, once the decision is made, we hope it was the right one. Sadly, nursing home neglect and other types of elder abuse have become more and more common; when we hear the sad stories of older people who have suffered abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to be providing care, it is difficult to believe that these atrocities occur.

Do Your Research

Finding the right nursing home can take time, but it is time well spent to lessen the chances of choosing poorly. It is helpful to investigate your options and ask for recommendations from professionals, but it is also necessary to tour facilities and do your research as well. Take advantage of the various resources available online and through elder care organizations to help those looking for the right facility to learn about their options.

Following Through

Once you have found a facility that meets your needs, and your loved one is moved in and settled into their new routine, your job is not done. Making sure that you keep watch over your loved one and be alert to the signs of elder abuse and nursing home neglect is mandatory. When visiting, pay attention to your loved one’s behavior; sudden changes can signal that something is not right. Pay attention to their physical condition as well as their mental condition. Listen to them and investigate if they tell you something is wrong. Report the issue to the administration, but do not stop there if the issue is not addressed. Elder abuse can take many forms – emotional, physical, financial, sexual, and psychological, among others – and each type can lead to devastating results.

Let Us Assist You with Your Case

The Law Office of William C. McCaskill PLLC has helped many clients and their loved ones with issues surrounding elder care and nursing home neglect. If you have concerns that your loved one is suffering abuse at the hands of the caregivers in which you have entrusted their care, the legal professionals at the Law Office of William C. McCaskill PLLC are here to help. We will review your case with you and help you to understand your rights as well as those of your loved one. Contact us online now to schedule your free consultation today, (240) 766-8085.    

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