Post-Holiday Worries: Finding Elder Care for a Family Member

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A recent U.S. News & World Report article noted a post-holiday increase in elder care inquiries. During the holiday season, visits with families and loved ones can leave us with “the realization that an aging relative is losing the ability to live independently.” A family expert with the AARP noted that the spike in these inquiries often begins in January and can extend into the following winter months. In fact, seniorhomes.com, a website providing resources for senior living in your area, reported a 58% jump in elder care inquiries just after the holidays came to a close.

Although an assisted-living facility or nursing home may not always be the immediate solution to the problems that your loved one faces, you want to make sure you’re doing your due diligence. Oftentimes family members don’t know their options, and they are quick to assume that an elderly loved one in need of some assistance has no choice but to move out of their home and into a residential facility, such as an assisted-living facility or nursing home. If the post-holiday season has left you wondering if your elderly parent may need additional care, there are some important “Dos” and “Don’ts” to follow.

Familiarize Yourself with Local Elder Services

News stories concerning elder abuse arise frequently. How can you make sure you’re taking the right steps? Begin by looking into local services that can help your parent or close loved one live independently for as long as they are able. Typically, all adults between 65-70 years old should schedule complete physical exams on an annual basis. If you have special concerns, however, you may want to schedule an appointment with a geriatrician for an assessment before you broach the subject of assisted-living with your loved one. In this type of assessment, the geriatrician will perform both physical and mental examinations, taking approximately two hours. If possible, accompany your elderly relative to his or her appointment, and if you have specific medical issues you’d like to discuss, take a checklist with you and ask the geriatrician.

Communicate with your Elderly Loved One

If your geriatrician makes a recommendation for nursing home care, the most important first step is to communicate with your elderly parent. Sharon Allison-Ottey, an internal medicine specialist who is trained in geriatrics, emphasizes the importance of involving your loved one in the decision-making process. “The elderly still want to have a sense of independence,” she explains. “It is still their lives.”

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

In terms of elderly living assistance, there are various levels of care. If an assessment from your elderly parent’s geriatrician suggests that she or he may require nursing home care, you want to be sure that you’re taking the proper steps for choosing the best facility. According to seniorhomes.com, your first step is to create a list of nursing facilities in which you’re interested. After making the list, compare the nursing facilities. Nursing Home Compare is a user-friendly tool for making comparisons among facilities. Simply enter the zip code in which you’re searching for a nursing home, or provide the name of the facility. After narrowing down a list, arrange visits with each facility before making a final decision. If you have questions concerning nursing home law, be sure to contact a licensed elder law attorney who can assist you.

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Advisors Share Real Stories of Elder Financial Abuse

Financial abuse is perhaps the most common form of mistreatment affecting seniors. Sadly, many people are willing to act inappropriately when money is on the line, and the elderly often make ripe targets. They frequently have access to sizeable funds–usually for their retirement–and may have cognitive challenges–like dementia–which can be exploited.

The financial abuse comes in different forms. At times they involve crimes of convenience. That refers to situations where wrongdoers–often caregivers, friends, or family members–decide to take finances once they are presented with the opportunity. For example, a relative may be given access to the senior’s checkbook to help pay bills. Once they obtain it, though, they may begin writing checks fraudulently. This is different than intentional scams, where individuals specifically interact with the senior with the underlying purpose of bilking them out of money. Both forms of mistreatment are crimes, and both need to be guarded against.

A recent Financial Adviser article helpful provided some examples of situations where advisors identified suspicious activity involving a senior client. The stories are heartbreaking. For example, in one case a “friend” moved into the home a senior who lived alone. The elderly woman was recently widowed. The friend gained access to the seniors funds and began taking weekly trips to the casino using her money. Eventually the woman’s entire retirement account was virtually drained.

In another case seniors was targeted by a predatory financial advisor. Two couples in their 80s were sold an “annuities” package. However, the package was obviously ill-fitted for them, because it required them to pay significant funds while receiving minimal cash flow out. There were severe penalties for withdrawing the funds. These options are made for those who are much younger and can afford to sacrifice cash flow for long-term gain. The annuity was incredibly harmful for seniors in their 80s who need money to live off immediately. However, because the seniors were financially naive and did not consult outside legal help ahead of time, the annuity salesperson roped them into the agreement that severely harmed their financial security.

In that case, an observer caught onto the problem and actually contacted state financial and banking regulatory entities to, hopefully, put an end to the problem. However, the state regulators explained that because the couple signed the agreements–and were theoretically made aware of the details of the situation–there was nothing that could be done. The situation is a reminder of the complexity of much exploitation, with senior’s trusting nature and confusion about challenging financial details being used to bump up sales totals for others.

It is worth reading more of the examples provided to get an idea of the various ways that seniors may be exploited financially. The author noted that in many cases it takes significant interaction with a senior over a period of time to understand if a problem is amiss. Many seniors do not seem to have any vulnerabilities, but it is only after understanding their routine and then observing changes to that routine that real problems can be spotted. Our Chicago elder abuse attorneys urge everyone to be on the lookout for those irregularities and to act appropriately if identified.

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Man Forces Elderly Mother to Panhandle for Hours Each Day

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Tragic Abuse: Man Forces Senior Mother to Panhandle For Hours Each Day

Sometimes you have to see elder abuse with your own eyes before appreciating the many ways that seniors are mistreated in our community each and every day. Sadly, there are virtually no limits to the manner in which others exploit vulnerable elders (often their own relatives) for their own personal gain. Living out one’s golden years in comfort should not be a privilege only for a certain few. However, for far too many, their last years are filled with pain, sadness, and neglect.

Some seniors are even forced to spend their time working bizarrely for other’s gain. For example, a community was shocked recently when a video made its way onto YouTube suggesting that a man was forcing his elderly mother to panhandle at a mall for hours on end day after day.

Elder Abuse Video Spreads
According to an ABC report on the situation, the YouTube video actually shows a confrontation between the cameraman and the adult son. Apparently the cameraman taped the elderly woman being picked up at the end of the day in a car by her son. It suggests that the senior was panhandling at the behest of her son. The senior woman claimed that she was homeless and asked passersby for donations. She was forced to sit there begging for hours, even on cold winter days.

The videographer who grew suspicious of the situation confronted the adult son. However, the man drove away with his mother without answering any questions about the situation. He did become very agitated by the questions, and made accusations of the man shooting the video. Others have reported seeing the elderly woman at the same location for many years. She apparently makes the same claims about being homeless and pleading for help.

The video subsequently received thousands of hits online. At some point the video drew the attention of local law enforcement officials. Representatives for the agency explain that they are conducting an investigation into the matter. However, they did concede that the conduct on the video was not actually criminal. After all, it is not a crime to talk to others at a public location–even if you are asking for money–and it is not a crime to pick one up in a car. Of course, the specific conduct in the video is likely just a hint at the relationship between this elderly woman and her son.

This incident a reminder of the need for vulnerable seniors in the community to be aware of their options. Far too many elderly residents are living in the worst nursing homes or in at-home setting where they are neglected. Even if they appreciate that they are not receiving proper treatment, many may tolerate the situation without speaking up, because they believe that they have no other options.

Each Chicago elder abuse attorney at our firm urges others not to remain silent when senior mistreatment is suspected. Staying silent only means that a vulnerable individual will be forced to remain in place and live another day in poor conditions. Seniors must be made aware that options are available and they are entitled to a reasonable level of care no matter what.

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Excessive Medication Common in Nursing Homes

MedPage Today reported on a national analysis that revealed more than one in five U.S. nursing home residents are given antipsychotic medications.

Becky A. Briesacher, PhD and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester conducted a study of more than 1 million patients in nursing homes in the U.S. The study revealed that 22% of the residents were given at least one prescription for an antipsychotic agent. The researchers analyzed data provided by Omnicare, a long-term care pharmacy which provides medication services across the country to many nursing facilities. The researchers found that nursing homes kept sparse records on the dispensation of antipsychotic medications so the most accurate way of measuring the use of antipsychotic medication was by examining Omnicare’s records.

Omnicare’s records contained extensive patient information including age, sex and location of residence for reimbursement purposes. The researchers noted this data was “complete and accurate.”

The article stated that the analysis included 1,402,039 total residents. This included a subset of 561,681 residents who were observed for 3 months. 308,449 residents had been given at least one antipsychotic medication. The analysis indicated that in over two-thirds of the instances of medication, the medication prescribed was from the “atypical class of antipsychotics” which is primarily used for the treatment of schizophrenia and other bipolar disorders.

The three most common medications were Quetiapine (Seroquel), Risperidone (Risperdal) and Olanzapine (Zyprexa).

The researchers noted that in the subgroup of residents who were observed continuously for 90 days the average duration of treatment with the antipsychotic drugs was 70 days. This raises concerns of the extent of the over medication problem in the facilities.

“The most common antipsychotic prescribed are often used for off-label indications related to dementia, and the extended durations of use raise concerns about the care of frail elders residing in (nursing homes),” the researchers explained.

The researchers also found that the results did not coincide with a particular region of the country. “Geographic variation suggests the absence of an evidence-based approach to the use of these medications in (nursing homes),” Briesacher explained. This only strengthens the theory that these antipsychotic medications are not prescribed correctly.

The study by Dr. Briesacher is alarming. The high frequency with which antipsychotic medications are being prescribed in U.S. nursing homes indicates that nursing home administrators or employees are abusing nursing home residents by excessively or unnecessarily medicating the residents. Elder residents who already have weakened immune systems are more susceptible to the side effects of medications. A slight increase in the dosage of a medication can have amplified effects on a resident. The study cited in this article also points out that these medications are being given for prolonged periods of time. This translates into an increasingly weakened system in patients since they are subjected to the medications for longer periods of time than their bodies are accustomed to. A quote from Briesacher in a research letter in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association is an excellent assessment of the problem.

“The prescribing of antipsychotic medications persists at high levels in U.S. nursing homes despite extensive data demonstrating marginal clinical benefits and serious adverse effects, including death.”

It is important to monitor the medications prescribed to you or a loved one currently residing in a nursing home. Chicago nursing homes may seek to medicate residents for ulterior motives and end up injuring or possibly killing residents from the side effects.

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Advocate Critiques Handling of Elder Abuse Suspicions

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Advocate Critiques Handling of Elder Abuse Suspicions

Forbes published a story recently that discusses how different communities respond to claims of elder abuse. While everyone understands that the problem is widespread and needs to be addressed, there are many different approaches to dealing with complaints. The author notes how some strategies are far more successful than others. He urges those involved to be proactive in their efforts and develop protocols which actually help seniors instead of allowing mistreatment slip through the cracks.

Pushing It Off On Others Doesn’t Work
For one thing, much mistreatment is never mentioned to anyone–seniors suffer in silence and wrongdoers get away with abuse. Fortunately, ever so slowly, more and more people are recognizing risk factors and reporting it to various authorities. But if those who receive the reports do not act appropriately, then the abuse can still go unresolved, even after someone spoke up.

The story shares one real life example to highlight this point. An 85-year old man lives at home with his elderly wife (who has her own vulnerabilities) and an adult son. The elderly man has very serious cancer and needs significant help to get by each day. The adult son is the senior’s primary caregiver. However, there are very serious worries about that care he is providing, because he is a heavy drinker, uses drugs, and has shown signs of behavioral issues. At one point, the son brings a handgun into the house. Another paid caregiver who provides part-time support grows very concerned about the senior’s care while living with the son.

Eventually that concerned caregiver contacted her home care agency to report her suspicions. That agency then contacts Adult Protective Services in the area. That office itself doesn’t do anything other than call the police department. Law enforcement officers are then sent to the house. The officers ask about the gun, it is denied, and the matter is ended without anything happening. In fact, the protective services group contacts the home care agency and tells them to call again when “something happens.”

It does not take much imagination to understand that this chain of events does little to protect seniors from possible harm. Instead, it seems destined only to deal with a problem after serious harm has occurred. Waiting until “something happens” is obviously waiting too long. The ultimate goal must be to actually prevent harm.

Be Proactive to Save Lives
Alternatively, a more aggressive approach to dealing with concerns about elder mistreatment can actually work to save lives and spare suffering. The story uses the example of New York City officials. When complaints are made a wide range of individuals are put on notice, including police officers, social workers, elder abuse attorneys, and other senior care advocates.

On top of that, steps are taken to procure alternative living arrangements for seniors who may need that as an option. For example, one nursing home in the city has an elder abuse branch that partners with various agencies to provide a myriad of services to vulnerable seniors. Those services might include quick medical care, legal help, and social service support. On top of that the facility runs an emergency shelter for seniors. As we discussed last week, these emergency shelters offer short term stays (one to three months) while seniors in tough situations are helped with alternative living arrangements. It is this comprehensive care that truly saves lives and prevents elder abuse.

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Changing Demographics & Rising Elder Abuse Lead to Senior Shelter Increases

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For the past several years there has been significant discussion about the consequences of changing American demographics. More specifically, the American population is aging at a very steady clip. As the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement, the percentage of the population that is over 65 steadily rises. In fact, according to some estimates, the fastest growing segment of the population are those over 85 years old. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in the next fifteen years, the percentage of the population that is over retirement age will double from where it now stands. It is hard to underestimate the long-term consequences of this demographic shift.

For example, the aging of the population has significant effects on senior care. More and more community members need close care, and there are concerns about the availability of caregivers. There are only a limited number of nursing home and assisted-living facilities. Even still, many seniors would rather not move into those spaces where possible, and so there has been a surge in seniors who move in with family members or close friends.

Sadly, as outlined in a recent CBS story, the growing need for senior care has been followed by a rise in complaints about elder abuse–perpetrated both at skilled nursing facilities and in at-home care settings.

One way the increase has been noted is by the rise in elder abuse shelters.

Many seniors have nowhere to turn when they are victimized by poor care. After all, in most cases the very reason that they live with a family member or at a nursing home is because they are unable to care for themselves and have no other options. That is why more and more communities are establishing emergency senior shelters–specific places where seniors can escape abusive situations while receiving specialized help. Most of these spaces provide care for 30 to 90 days while more long-term arrangements are made. They are crucial transition spots, which often mean the difference between a senior finding a safe alternative living situation or wallowing in a dire situation indefinitely.

Raising Awareness of San Diego Elder Abuse
Our area is certainly no exception to the demographic trends and subsequent social consequences. Many senior community membres face neglect and mistreatment on a daily basis. According to some reports, as many as one in ten seniors may fall victim to various caregiving problems, from financial exploitation and neglect to outright physical or even sexual abuse. At times the mistreatment is perpetrated by strangers. However, more often than not the wrongdoers are individuals who the senior knows and relies on–like nursing home employees or at-home caregivers.

This mistreatment must not be tolerated. One of the main ways to tackle the problem is to ensure abuse is not kept secret but brought to light. If you know of a senior who has been harmed because of poor elder care, please contact the San Diego elder abuse attorneys at our firm to share your story and see how we can help.

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Politics & Contingency Fees

Yesterday we discussed the latest Center for Justice & Democracy’s report on the importance of contingency fee arrangements in personal injury cases. We explained how the arrangments work to open access to the civil justice system and align client/attorney interests to improve the efficiency of the system. It is worth looking at the full report to gain an even more detailed perspective into how these issues work.

One of the reasons that understanding contingency arrangments are important is because there are some attempts to limit the rights of parties to use these agreements. States across the country have passed legislation related to these agreements, often limiting the rights of parties to contract openly in the pursuit of access to justice.

Contractial Rights
On one hand, it woule seem straightforward that private individuals would be able to reach whatever agreement they like with their counsel to best meet their needs. However, the freedom of contract is far from complete, as there are often laws in place to limit private contracts.

When it comes to contingency agreements, some states have rules in place which limit what percentage of an award an attorney can collect. Often, these limits are on a “sliding scale” with a smaller overall percentage allowed to be taken on settlment amounts over a certain value.

What effect do these limits have?

Those pushing these limits are, not surprisingly, large insurance companues and chronic defendants. They attempt to sell the policies as “pro consumer” issues, allowing parties to keep a larger portion of their award. However, this completely ignores the reality that plaintiff’s attorneys are forced to make decisions about how much money they can front for cases based on how much they can expect to receive in a settlment. For example, in many complex cases (including Chicago nursing home abuse cases with tricky medical issues), attorneys are forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars (or much more) just to keep things moving. As a business matter, the firm cannot survive by fronting that money with limits of their recovery.

All of this usually works to the disadvantage of plaintiffs with the most severe injuries and the potenial for significant recovery. That is because, these cases often cost much more to take to court. But with limits on recovery, many attorneys would be unable to justify spending the funds to do so. All the while, defendants are free to hire the best attorneys.

New Contingency Fee Agreement in Illinois
Fortunately, our state is a national example of changes in the right direction. As we have noted, Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill into law which removes the “sliding scale” limit on contingency fee arrangements in certain personal injury cases related to medical malpractice. Instead, a flat ? limit on recovery is now the law. This straighforward new rule best balances the need for fair compensation to cover costs and keep access open to all community members.

Our firm applauds those lawmakers who supported this common sense change in rules to preserve open access to the civil justice systme in our state.

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Understanding the Importance of Contingency Fee Agreements

Many portrayals of attorneys in TV, movies, and even newspaper stories paint the picture of legal professionals who are greedy and only out for maximizing their own pocketbook. Unfortunately, these stereotypes actual influence public opinion and sometimes seep into actual policy matters affecting the legal professional and the civil justice system as a whole.

For example, contingency agreements are often looked at with suspicion. Many personal injury cases, including Chicago nursing home neglect matters, are taken via contingency fee arrangements. This basically means that the plaintiff does not have to pay for attorney fees, court costs, or other expenses unless they recover. The payments are then made out of this recovery.

CJ&D Study
Recently the Center for Justice and Democracy issued a new report which emphasizes the critical role of fee arrangements. The full report is entitled Courthouse Cornerstone: Contingency Fees and Their Importance for Everyday Americans.

The report notes how the fee arrangement has been around for hundreds of years. The purpose of the arrangement is clear: allowing everyone harmed by negligence access to the civil justice system regardless of their economic situation. Justice should never be available only to the wealthy. This fee system ensures that legitimate injuries do not go without recourse simply because the person hurt does not have enough money to hire an attorney. Not only that, but plaintiffs are often able to pursue the most able of attorneys related to their specific need–not just those who happen to be charging the least. You can be sure that large insurance companies are hiring the best legal defense they can find, and it seems logical to support a system that allows injured parties the same, even though their coffers do not even run a fraction as deep.

For example, consider a nursing home neglect case where a resident is left in bed without proper nutrition or hydration for weeks on end. She is not properly re-positioned or cared for and she develops bed sores down to the bone. The neglect by caregivers is obvious, as the senior’s condition is abysmal. She lives in constant pain. As with most local nursing home residents, the senior is on Medicaid, having virtually no money of her own or means to make additional income. There is no way that the senior can afford to hire an attorney to hold the nursing home accountable. The costs and fees associated with pursuing these cases is well beyond her means–and that of most middle class families. Should the nursing home get off without any accountability because the resident that they harm is financially poor? Contingency fee arrangements change that by providing a clear path for the senior to hire supremely competent attorneys experienced in these cases to pursue justice.

The Filtering Role
One often overlooked side effect of contingency fee arrangements is the way that they filter questionable cases from ever being filed. In all of these cases, the attorneys bear the risk of loss. If a case does not result in a favorable settlement or verdict then the attorneys receives nothing for the time spent on the matters and lose the costs already doled out. This has the effect of incentivizing lawyers not to take cases that might be questionable. For all the talk by those pushing tort reform, they forget that the attorneys themselves are the ones who stand to lose financially if a case is brought without the means to fairly prove the claims.

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New Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit Filed Against Bridgeview Health Care

A new complaint was recently filed in the Cook County Circuit Court initiating a legal action alleging nursing home neglect. The lawsuit was filed by a former resident of the home who lived at the Bridgeview Health Care Center for nearly ten years, only leaving in May of last year. She is now in her late nineties. A complete copy of the complaint in the case can be found online here.

Accusations of Elder Neglect
According to the complaint, while living in the facility the woman suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. As readers know, residents with cognitive mental conditions are far more likely to face neglect than other seniors. That is because these individual usually are more dependent on caregivers for basic tasks, like walking, bathing, eating, dressing, and more. Like many other seniors with Alzheimer’s, the woman in this case was a known fall risk, and so caregivers were on notice that special steps needed to be taken to ensure that she was properly cared for and not hurt in a preventable accident. Similarly, like all individuals with mobility problems, the plaintiff was at risk of developing bed sores.

Sadly, the lawsuit alleges that the caregivers at Bridgeview failed in their duty to provide proper care to the elderly woman. The complaint lists many incidents and examples of mistreatment, including:

*Due to caregiver negligence, the complaint claims that the senior developed several urinary tract infections and other intestinal diseases during the final year of her stay at the facility.

*While sick in bed with pneumonia the caregivers at the home allegedly left a window open, allowing cold air to blow of the resident. She suffered significant pain and discomfort as a result.

*The senior developed pressure sores–a painful skin ulcer that can be prevented with proper turning and skin care. The development of these bed sores are one of the most common signs of mistreatment.

*As a result of sitting all day in a wheelchair without therapy or exercise the senior develop disuse atrophy in her legs. She lost the function of the limbs.

*The senior was allegedly attacked by the guest of another resident in the home. For some reason, caregivers failed to prevent the assault.

*The resident was unable to move from her bed to the restroom on her own–she required the help of caregivers. However, the caregivers allegedly would bring her to the bathroom and then leave her there, by herself, for an extended period of time.

The complaint includes several other allegations, including caregivers allowing the resident to fall from her bed, leaving medication lying on the floor, and even claims that employees stole personal property from the senior (jewelry and a television).

The laundry list of significant caregiving lapses is a reminder of the extent of problems that exist at some facilities. Residents at these homes often face mistreatment day after day; they are not just victims of single, isolated incidents. Helping residents break free from these daily struggles and acting as a spur to force change at the poorest homes are key goals of all nursing home neglect lawsuits.

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The Use of Senior Shelters Rising

The changing demographics of the United States are well documented. The population is getting older. With birth rates flattening, there are more people aging than there are new children being born. Therefore, the percentage of elderly individuals as a fraction of the total population is growing and will continue to do so for the next few decades.

This is not some statistical factoid that has little practical application. On the contrary, the changing nature of the population has very serious effects on different political and social issues. All of us will be affected in one way or another and it is critical for more people to understand the situation so that educated voices can contribute to the national discussion about what government policies and private advocacy programs to pursue.

More Seniors Equals More Senior Abuse
The sad reality is that with more elderly community members comes more reports of seniors being mistreated: emotionally, physically, and financially. Much of the abuse is perpetrated by friends and family members of the senior. While nursing homes and assisted living facilities are important locations for those who need extra care, millions of seniors instead move in with family members or supposed friends to receive help to get by each day. Tragically, those individuals often neglect or abuse the senior who is relying on them for support.

One way that the growth in the elder mistreatment is demonstrated is with the growth of emergency senior shelters. These are locations set up for seniors who have nowhere else to turn when they are living in abusive situations. An ABC News story discussed the plight of many at these shelters, noting that the availability of support is still far below the need.

Elder Abuse Still A Hidden Problem
For those of us working day and night on these senior care issues, it is hard to imagine that elder abuse is little of thought of by the community at large. But the reality is that strides to tackle the elder abuse problem are minimal and nothing like the efforts to deal with abuse of other at-risk groups, like children.

Senior abuse shelters are few and far between. Many that do exist are connected with private retirement communities. Some public bodies are working to address the problem, but their efforts are usually stymied by limited public resources and a constant desire to cut costs. Spending money on efforts to catch elder abusers or support victims is hard to come by.

The ABC article notes how several directors of senior shelters are working to beef up preventative measures. They report that it is far costlier to deal with an abusive situation that has deteriorated to the point where a senior is forced into a shelter. Instead, it is better to the catch problem very early on to spare the senior prolonged pain and suffering. That requires training various members of the community–from police officers and bank tellers to hair stylists and lawyers–on the ways to recognize the signs elder abuse.

If you or a loved one may have been harmed by elder neglect or abuse in our area, please contact the Chicago elder abuse lawyers at our firm to see how we can help.

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