Elder Abuse Lawyers Arizona
Preventing Elder Abuse in Arizona
Can you name the quickest-growing segment of Arizona’s population? If you named citizens 85 years of age or older, you’re correct. As the elderly population grows, more measures need to be taken to protect the increased vulnerability of this demographic. Elderly abuse in Arizona is still a prevalent problem throughout the state, and it’s important to recognize key factors and warning signs of abuse in order to report it.
According to the Arizona Attorney General (https://www.azag.gov/seniors/elder-abuse-information-and-training-guide), seniors rarely report nursing home abuse in Arizona due to fear of their abuser’s retaliation, the criminal justice system, and other uncertainties. Some seniors may have dementia-type illnesses which lead them to forget specifics of abuse, as well. Garcia & Artigliere’s elder care attorneys have provided strategies on how you can take the initiative to prevent caregiver or nursing home abuse in Arizona.
- Maintain a close relationship with aging relatives and friends – if possible, discuss their financial plans to ensure you can note any odd changes.
- Be aware of the signs of physical abuse and obtain legal advice from a qualified Arizona elder abuse lawyer in the case of suspected abuse.
- Familiarize elderly family members with emergency services and numbers to call for immediate aid.
- Encourage regular medical, dental and self-care appointments – health professionals are often able to discover signs of abuse during routine exams.
- If you are a caregiver, consider joining a support group that can teach you how to handle difficult behaviors and situations relating to senior care.
- Know state resources to report suspicion of abuse confidentially. This webpage allows you to report elderly abuse in Arizona online: https://www.azdes.gov/reportadultabuse/
Garcia, Artigliere and Medby have experienced, compassionate Arizona elder abuse lawyers ready to review a potential case of yours. Contacting an elder care attorney as soon as possible allows critical evidence and statements to be collected. Despite preventative measures, elder abuse is still all too common, and legal consult is necessary to ensure abusers are held accountable.
If you believe you have a potential elder abuse case, contact our Arizona office today for a free case review.