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Elder Care Facility Abuse and Neglect

Elder Care Facility Abuse and Neglect

While the majority of elder care facilities value their residents’ well being and provide care to the best of their abilities, abuse and neglect can and does occur in these settings.

Elder abuse can include physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse or exploitation. It can also include neglect of an elderly person’s needs or medical care. Abuse and neglect can leave devastating, permanent effects on an elderly person’s body, mental health and quality of life.

Have you or a loved one experienced elder care facility abuse and / or neglect? Speak with an experienced attorney today at the Peck Law Group for your free case evaluation.

Types of Elder Care Facilities Where Abuse Occurs

While the majority of elder care facilities value their residents’ wellbeing and provide care to the best of their abilities, abuse can and does occur in these settings. Risk factors for abuse in elder care facilities include understaffing, poor training and hiring practices, underpaid staff and inadequate management.

Common types of facilities where elder abuse can occur include:

  • Nursing homes provide residents with medical care and assistance with activities of daily living. They are well-suited for elderly individuals with health or mobility needs.
  • Assisted living facilities promote independent living while offering support with daily tasks and some medical care.
  • Skilled nursing facilities provide a level of care similar to what a patient would receive in a hospital. Residents may transfer from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility during recovery from a surgery, injury or surgery. The goal is for residents to recover enough to transition home or to their prior level of care.  
  • Memory care units are specialized units within assisted living or nursing home facilities that care for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Residents of memory care units are at particularly high risk for abuse or neglect.
  • Group homes offer assisted living to small groups of elderly individuals who live together in a residential home with caregiver supervision. These are also sometimes called residential assisted living, adult family homes, board and care homes, or residential care homes.
  • Adult day cares offer supervision and activities for seniors during set daytime hours, providing respite for family caregivers. Some adult day cares are also able to provide medical services and memory care.

What Does Elder Care Facility Abuse Look Like?

Depending on the nature of the abuse, there are many signs that can indicate abuse or neglect in an elder care facility. Some of these include:

  • Physical signs, such as unexplained bruising, broken bones and other injuries. Other physical signs can include weight loss, poor hygiene, infections, lack of medical care and signs of restraint.
  • Emotional signs, such as withdrawal, disinterest in usual activities, changes in mood or energy, and anxiety.
  • Environmental indicators, including unsanitary living conditions, lack of safety equipment or lack of security measures.
  • Financial changes, such as missing money and changes in financial or end-of-life planning documents.

Have You or Loved One Been Harmed at an elder care facility?

If you or a relative has experienced elder care facility abuse or neglect, you have legal options. An attorney can help you file a lawsuit for compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, wrongful death and other damages.

Peck Law Group has decades of experience fighting for California elder abuse and neglect victims. We have the legal experience, negotiation skills and assertiveness to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation at 866-999-9085 or premierlegal.org/evaluation/.

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorney Steven Peck
Steven Peck

About the Author

Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.

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