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Elder Abuse: Frequently Asked Questions

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It is important that you know what signs to look for if you suspect elder abuse, as well as what legal steps to take in order to stop it. Get the answers you need by reviewing the FAQs below and calling our offices for a consultation as soon as possible.

  • What is elder abuse?

    When an older person is physically, emotionally or financially abused at the hands of their caregiver, nurses, family or other party responsible for their care, it is considered elder abuse. Most cases of such abuse are committed by family members, but nursing home abuse is common, as well.

  • What makes someone vulnerable to elder abuse?

    As a person grows older, they become frailer both physically and mentally and are less capable of defending themselves from bullies and people who would exploit their weakness. It is an unfortunate fact that many people take advantage of the vulnerability of older people in order to have an outlet for their own problems, or to get something they want, such as money.

  • What are the signs of elder abuse?

    There are a great number of signs that could point to elder abuse. Unexplainable bruises, infections, exhaustion, malnutrition, fear, anxiety and depression are just a few of these signs. They may also be suffering financial abuse, in which case they may have suspicious bank account and credit transactions, a sudden change in their will, or they may live in poverty even though they have sufficient income. If any of these signs are evident in the life of someone you love, consult with a lawyer from Newman & Broomand LLP today.

  • Who usually abuses the elderly?

    Anyone could be an abuser, but the most common cases involve family, friends, medical care professionals, caregivers or other nursing home residents. Signs of an abusive individual include anger, domination, aggression, blaming of the elderly person, drug and alcohol abuse, or a previous history of abuse. It is important that you are sure of a person's liability before seeking legal action, so speak with an elder abuse attorney immediately to determine whether or not you have a case.

  • What should I do if I suspect elder abuse?

    The most important decision you can make at this point is to hire a skilled Sacramento lawyer. Without legal assistance, you will not likely win your case and hold the abusive party accountable for their wrongful actions. Your loved one deserves better treatment and compensation, so call Newman & Broomand LLP today. We have what it takes to help you.

  • What are things to consider when looking for a qualified assisted living facility or nursing home?

    In an effort to provide people with the best nursing homes in their particular area, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have put together a website providing a program called Nursing Home Compare. This allows for you to find a list of certified nursing homes near you, along with their ratings in a number of different important areas. It is also a good idea to go visit the nursing homes yourself and bring along a checklist, making sure that their staff seems knowledgeable and compassionate. You want a place where you will feel comfortable knowing that your elderly loved ones are being well cared for.

  • How can you prevent elder abuse?

    Educating your elderly loved ones is extremely important. If they know how to notice signs of abuse and take action, they will not be left alone to fend for themselves. Check in often with your elderly loved ones and know the rights that they have. If you believe that they are being abused, do not wait until it is too late to take action. Retain a Sacramento elder abuse lawyer as soon as possible. As for you, prepare for the future by putting together a will and plan for your own housing as you grow older. Protect your finances from being meddled with when you are older and set up trusts or other forms of financial programs.