Category Archives: Elder Abuse

‘Tis the Scamming Seniors Season

Seasonal senior scammingIt is not snowy or cold in Los Angeles for the holidays, but it may be the scamming seniors season.   Calls for unreliable or not reputable senior services may seem to come in more frequently than usually during the holiday season.  With the holidays, we would like to think that all people have good intentions and that this is the season for giving, but that is not always the case. If you have a loved one who is living alone, it may be a good time to ask some questions about the mail and calls that your senior aged loved one is receiving.  If you notice an excessive amount of messages on the machine, notes that a senior is saving information from cold calls or mail that seems to be unsolicited there may be a reason to be concerned.  It is the often good advice to give a senior that if someone comes to the door, calls with an offer or mails something and the senior has not requested the information that it should be taken lightly.  Most times if you want something you will call a business rather than the company contacting you.

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Home Alone in Los Angeles

In big cities like Los Angeles it’s easy to walk past a senior’s residence and just assume that he or she prefers to stay in, but confinement can be a form of elder abuse.  Pay attention to changes in an elderly friend’s behaviors.  For years you may have seen a senior in your neighborhood coming outside to get the mail or water their flowers, but upon receiving senior care the senior is no longer seen outside of the home, ever.  Honestly, you may feel like a nosy neighbor or friend, but it certainly doesn’t make you one to care about someone and want to know why there has been a strange change in behavior.  Ask questions or stop over to visit and see if there is an explanation for the senior’s change of behavior like a medical concern or issue or a change in physical condition.  If you are not able to explain why it appears as if the senior has had a change in behavior, you may consider asking the senior if there is any reason for concern.

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Elder Abuse Orange County

Some seniors in Orange County are taking elder abuse into their own hands.  From setting traps to recording behavior, seniors are reminding those who abuse elders that not all of their victims are unable to prevent it or report it.  Some seniors are in a position in which they are unaware that they are being taken advantage of financially or are powerless to the physical and mental abuse.  For those seniors, minded, are finding ways to prove that elder abuse exists in their facilities or within their homes by care workers.

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Local Help with Elder Abuse

Many ways to report elder abuse in Los Angeles, CAThere are several ways to prevent, identify and report elder abuse in Los Angeles.  There are ways to prevent elder abuse and each type of elder abuse requires different preventative measures.  Knowing who is in the home with your senior or caring for your senior can really prevent abuse.  Asking the agency for the employee’s length of employment or the incidents and reports against the employee can be one way to ensure that only the most qualified and kind individual is caring for your senior aged loved one.  Be proactive and don’t be afraid to ask the questions.  The agency should be forthcoming with information about the measures that the agency takes to prevent those who may have been charged previously with elder abuse working with their clients.  There are abuse registries which you may check the agency’s employees’ names against.  This is something that you should make sure that the agency has done as part of the hiring process.  Most reputable senior care companies are researching and performing thorough background checks on their newly hired employees.  To prevent financial abuse, a senior may consider a limited power of attorney.  In the event that a senior is not able to handle their financial responsibilities there may already be a trusted person assigned to handle this part of their life.  This prevents fraud and abuse of the senior’s finances, when the power of attorney has the ability to monitor the financial activity.  The only way to ensure that a senior is not exploited is to prevent it as best you can.   Seniors can make a plan to have someone they trust make decisions in the event that he or she is not able.  The types of things you should plan for:

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