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Elder abuse and neglect is difficult to spot and to stop

When a loved one is in trouble or has experienced a serious problem like injury or illness, we end up with many questions. Emotions can cloud a lot of the related issues, like whose fault it is or what to do about it. This is why the law helps to mediate these issues objectively for the good of communities.

Who are the most vulnerable among us?

In any community, the people who are more likely to suffer due to the actions or inaction of others are the people who rely on others for care because they cannot do so themselves. This can apply to some people with disabilities, while it applies more generally to children and the elderly infirm.

How can we protect our elderly relatives?

Many cultures traditionally allow for aging people to move in with their younger relatives, but this can be impractical in modern life. Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities can be given the legal obligation to manage people's care as they become less able to manage it for themselves.

What are the dangers that remain?

Abuse or neglect in institutional settings is not as easy to detect as it is in people's own homes or communities. Victims may be embarrassed and unwilling or unable to report it. Families and friends should make an effort to stay involved with nursing home residents so sudden changes are easier to spot.

How can people address elder abuse or neglect?

An attorney is often a good adviser when people need to address the possibility of elder abuse or neglect. A lawyer can move cases toward preventative legal measures or financial compensation.

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