Elder Abuse: California Ranks Among the Highest in Nation for Laws to Protect Seniors
As people across the country become older, they may require someone to help them with daily chores and other types of assistance. This job may either be placed onto paid caregivers or family members, as they may provide transportation, cook meals, help seniors with hygiene and grooming tasks, and provide other needed services. Unfortunately, the same people offering assistance may also engage in elder abuse.
It is estimated that 5 million seniors experience elder abuse every year. While some acts of abuse are discovered and legal action may be taken by an elder abuse lawyer, close to 96 percent of cases go unreported. Each state has taken steps to address elder abuse and protect seniors, as well as to provide the necessary resources so that seniors can get the assistance they need. Unfortunately, not every state has done enough to end this growing trend.
California Ranks Low in Elder Abuse Resources and Among the Highest in Complaints Reported
In a study conducted by Wallet Hub, analysts studied the reporting methods each state engaged in for elder abuse, the number of reports of elder abuse, and 10 other elder abuse indicators. It was discovered that out of 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, California was ranked among the worst for elder abuse, coming in at number 49 with a total score of 18.93.
The study found that California had one of the highest rankings (50) for elder abuse, exploitation and gross-neglect complaints that were made by seniors who are 65 years of age or older. The state also had a rank of 42 for having the lowest amount of resources available for seniors experiencing elder abuse. The state fared better when it came to having elder abuse protections, as it held the number 7 spot in the study.
Taking Action Against Elder Abuse
When it comes to elder abuse, the panel of experts in social welfare and aging agreed that more needs to be done by all states to create better reporting methods for elder abuse. Also, families need to increase the lines of communication with seniors and encourage them to report any signs of this problem. Family members should check the senior’s financial records for fraud and take the appropriate actions.
If you have a family member that you think is experiencing elder abuse, contact an elder abuse lawyer in Los Angeles. Give the law offices of Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner a call today for a free case review at (800) 328-2630.