This year World Elder Abuse Awareness day falls on June 15th. We sincerely hope that people stand up and take notice of the growing epidemic of financial, physical, and chemical abuse that elders suffer at the hands of those charged with caring for them. There is simply no excuse for taking advantage of those who may be most susceptible to being victimized.
We encourage everybody to renew efforts to keep our eyes open for any signs of abuse towards elders. Elder abuse can come in many shapes and sizes including neglect, financial abuse, physical abuse & restraints, sexual abuse, chemical abuse and medication errors.
We also encourage anyone who suspects an elder is being abused while in a long term nursing facility to err on the side of caution and report your suspicions. Our elderly citizens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in their later years. Every resident of a long term care facility is granted certain rights. If you suspect that these rights are being violated, we urge you to contact an elder abuse attorney immediately. It is our hope that by continuing to shed light on this growing problem we can come together to arrest the growing problem of elder abuse, while preventing future abuse.
Christopher C. Walton is a San Diego, California elder abuse attorney whose practice is dedicated to issues involving elder abuse & neglect. If you believe you or somebody you know has been subjected to abuse while as a resident of a nursing home, or in their own home, contact (866) 338-7079 for a free and confidential consultation.