Preventing Elder Abuse in California is a primary concern due to the number of instances of abuse being reported. According to several statistics elder abuse is on the rise. With the current situation the economy is in it is difficult to assist all of the elderly individuals in the community. It is important to raise awareness and raise money for agencies that advocate for the rights of the elderly. There are many resources available senior citizens in the community. It is important for the community to make these resources more known and easily accessible to the elderly individuals.
Elder abuse occurs frequently due to the vulnerability of the senior citizens. Seniors reaching older ages often look to others for assistance in managing their personal finances and to make important legal decisions for them. Often times seniors have family members assist them, or if family members are unable to they may hire another individual to assist them with their important financial and legal decisions. Illnesses are often a prime reason for seniors needing others to assist them with their finances and making choices regarding their wellbeing.
The types of elder abuse that are common are financial elder abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. It is often more difficult to detect financial elder abuse as well as emotional abuse. The reason these two forms of abuse are difficult to detect are because these two forms of abuse can occur for long periods of time without others noticing. In addition, the elderly population often is afraid to report emotional abuse because of their fear of retaliation by the caregivers. It is important to check in with the elderly population as frequently as possible and ask questions regarding the treatment they are receiving from their caregivers. Additionally, it is also beneficial to visit their living facility as often as possible to get a better idea of the environment they are exposed to.
If you are considering retaining an attorney for elder law you will need to schedule a consultation prior to hiring the firm. Important questions to ask when attending your initial consultation are what the price will be and what services will be provided. For further information regarding elder law or elder abuse prevention please contact your local elder law attorneys. Please call Yanez & Associates at 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation! We look forward to speaking with you regarding your elder law matter.