Abuse towards the elderly has been reported throughout assisted living facilities, their own residence, and nursing homes across the United States. The main thing that a person who discovers that abuse is taking place or sees it happening with their own eyes is to report it. While reporting it is the right thing to do, it is a very delicate issue. There are many assumptions formulated by the resident including that having an abusive caregiver is better than not having any caregiver to provide them with care, believing that they will be placed in a nursing home or assisted living facility, and being embarrassed about the living conditions that they are currently living in, among others.
It is very important to help in any way possible when abuse or neglect towards an elderly has been discovered. If these actions led to the injury or death of the victim, then it is important to seek justice by contacting a lawyer of elder abuse to establish a case against the responsible party. Not acting fast enough can cost the life of the individual suffering the abuse or neglect. Not only will it affect the resident, but it will affect future residents who will be cared for because no repercussions were given to the abuser or neglectful individual. Every action has a consequence.
To Report Or To Not Report: Some Concerns
Here are some concerns that have been linked to reporting elder abuse:
Is it better to have no caregiver at all or have an abusive caregiver?
Problems can surface when the elder person has the misconception that having a caregiver that is abusive is better than having none at all. This is simply not true. It is sometimes better to be alone than to be accompanied by someone who only brings them negativity, in this case, abuse to the elder person. If there is no belief that there are better living condition options where the elder person can feel safe and loved, there are always helpful methods that can be applied towards these individuals, including providing them with more time, taking them to another facility and showing them, the care and attention being provided. They can be safer and happier.
I do not want to be placed in an assisted living facility!
There may be a fear to move to a different facility if they are already in one. They might believe that the other facility that they will be moved to will be worse off than the current one they are in. They might not be prepared for such changes, but it is essential to show them the many options they have without placing pressure upon them.
I am embarrassed by what is happening to me…
The elder person might feel embarrassed because they are being robbed of their independence as they age. They may not be able to perform the same tasks as they did when they were younger. They might have the idea that they contributed to their own abuse or neglect, this is termed as “victim blaming”, a concept within the criminal justice field.
I do not need help, I am fine where I am.
The elder person might refuse help even though they require it. As the right of every American Citizen who is mentally capable, help can be refused. There is a risk that the elder person will deny help even after the abuse has been reported. One cannot help another if they do not want to be helped, but reporting the abuse stop.
Lawyers of Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at Percy Martinez Law Firm
Don’t wait. Report today. Early reporting of elder abuse to a lawyer can be what makes a difference between the living conditions that the senior citizen is currently living and the safer ones they can be living. The firm of lawyers who focus on neglect and abuse of elders will hold the abusive and neglectful parties accountable for their lack of actions, intentional actions, and actions that caused damage to the older person.
Senior abuse and neglect cases are handled throughout all firm locations of Percy Martinez, these locations include:
Each case is handled according to the facts and circumstances of the case. Because every case is different, a wide expansion of knowledge is vital in successfully handling cases surrounding elder abuse and neglect, of which the firm of Percy Martinez has.