Retirement Care

Elder Abuse Statistics

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Retirement Care | 0 comments

Not many people are aware of the extent of the problem that elder abuse can lead to. According to a 2010 Census, about 40 million people in the United States are over the age of 65, with the number expected to grow up to 20 percent in the next two decades. A great majority of the elder abuse is sadly from their caregivers and is brought about by a number of factors, but mainly due to the elders’ dependence on others for their care due to mental inadequacy and physical frailty. This vulnerability has lead to various types of elder abuse, including mental, physical, emotional and even financial abuse.

Legally, elder abuse is defined as “any type of abuse or neglect of people over the age of 60 from a caregiver or another person in a relationship other than their usual caregiver”. Unfortunately, the frequency of elder abuse is not readily available and data is not clear because many cases are not reported. Furthermore, those who assist the elders do not have enough training to really distinguish the signs of elder abuse or neglect, causing the incident to continue. The fact that the most common form of elder abuse is psychological abuse that is very hard to identify. This has lead many personal injury attorneys to file a case against many caregivers and nursing home staff in behalf of the families because they are not very familiar with the process of injury claims and nursing home abuse cases.

Elder abuse can occur in any type of environment, with majority of the abuses taking place in nursing homes. The effects of elder abuse can depend on the type that the senior has experienced. Physical abuse can lead to permanent disability, while emotional and psychological abuse can affect the senior’s mental state. Financial abuse can empty the person’s financial resources which hinder their access to medical treatment. Suspecting any type of elder abuse should be reported to the right authorities to address the problem. Contacting a personal injury lawyer would be a good decision in order to address the situation accordingly and discuss your legal options.

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Tips in Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Retirement Care | 0 comments

There comes a time in life where we will not be able to take care of our elders anymore, whether their health requires more care or we move on to the next phases of our lives. Placing the elderly in an assisted living facility is always a difficult thing to do, but sometimes it is the most beneficial for everybody’s situation. Since we are not able to attend to their needs anymore, it is only right to find a place and a staff that would provide our loved ones with the best care and assistance that they need in their daily lives, according to SeniorAdvice.com.

According to the Small Business Development Center, roughly one million Americans reside in senior care facilities. Aside from the cost and method of payment, we should be able to assess what kind of facility we will enter our loved ones into. The first thing you should be looking for in an assisted living home is its cleanliness, since this is usually the root of much bigger problems. If the place is not well-maintained, it could pose future problems to the elderly. Visiting a facility when there is an activity happening is also a good strategy in finding the perfect care facility, according to aplaceformom.com. You may also want to observe the behavior of the staff during your tour, since it will be an indication of their action towards your loved one in the future.

Visiting all the areas and partaking in the facility’s meal plans will also lead you to making informed decisions regarding those aspects of the institution. Any concerns regarding the personal care and safety issues should also be tackled when you transact with the designated officers and staff at the facility. If you remain undecided after talking with the staff, asking for feedback from the families of those people who are already living in the community will be of great help. They may be able to provide sufficient information for you to decide on. All in all, doing a thorough research before admitting an elderly in a facility is always helpful in making a conclusion.

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