What is Assisted Living Facility Abuse?

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As we get older, many of us find that though we are capable of living our lives virtually as normal, we still require some level of assistance. Many people in this situation will reside in assisted living facilities, where they can get the help they need with certain things, such as cleaning. Living in one of these facilities does involve a certain amount of trust, as aides will often be in residents’ personal space. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to incidents or allegations of abuse. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced California elder abuse lawyers to learn more about assisted living facility abuse and how our firm can help if you believe you have a case. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common signs of assisted living abuse?

Unfortunately, there are several potential signs of abuse that everyone should look out for. Keeping an eye out for these signs of abuse can potentially even save a life. Some of the most common signs of abuse occurring in assisted living facilities are as follows:

  • Showing signs of fear around certain staff members, or otherwise outright complaining about certain staff members
  • Complaints of dangerous assisted living conditions
  • Sudden unexplained changes in behavior
  • Bruises or cuts
  • Falls
  • Cash or certain other possessions going missing

What should I do if I suspect assisted living abuse is occurring?

If you believe that an incident of assisted living abuse is occurring, it is paramount that you do everything in your power to document the incident(s). You can do so by reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman CRISISline at 1-800-231-4024 or the California Department of Social Services at 1-844-538-8766. If you have any further questions about assisted living facility abuse cases or what you should do if you have a potential case, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced California elder abuse lawyers at once. We are prepared to guide you through each step of the process ahead.

Contact our experienced California firm

Here at Cowdrey Jenkins, LLP, we have significant experience representing clients through a wide array of elder abuse matters, and we are prepared to assist you as well. No one should have to face the issue of elder abuse on their own. Contact us today to learn more about how we can guide you through each facet of the legal process ahead.