Many seniors are unaware of where to go or who they should turn to if they have experienced elder abuse. It is important that we inform seniors in our community so that they can receive some assistance and support from various elder care agencies.
The first step to finding local resources is to conduct some research online. Furthermore, family and friends may be another helpful resource for finding elder care and support agencies. Checking in your local community is the best place to start. Elder support is often offered through your community by asking or calling your city hall they could provide you with several listings of elder agencies offering support and guidance.
Once you identify what appears to be elder abuse it is important to contact APS which stands for adult protective services. This agency will assist in further investigation of elder abuse. The investigations may take place in the seniors home, homes of family members, or a senior living facility. Furthermore, if the senior needs to be removed from their current housing arrangement they may contact the department of aging. The department of aging will help the senior determine if their is another location they can go to in the meanwhile.
Abuse may not always be apparent but it is important to speak with the senior regarding their living situations frequently. Additionally, keep an eye out for changes in their behavior, or any physical marks. The elderly person may be afraid to speak out against their aggressor. It is important to let them know that everything will be okay and that their are many resources and people who would like to help them.
For further information regarding elder law please contact Yanez & Associates. Call 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation!