Did you know that elder financial abuse has gone up over the past few years? One study estimates that 37 percent of all seniors have experienced financial abuse-that's up 17 percent from a 2014 study! So, what's causing this increase? Our Georgia elder abuse attorneys have some ideas.
Nursing home abuse is becoming more and more common in our area every year. Recently, we brought you the news of local nursing home management company New Beginnings and the closing of several of its nursing homes. Government officials said they found substandard conditions and abuse at these facilities and they have continued to shutdown many of those operations, but why haven't we heard about these conditions before the government got involved?
Elder abuse is not confined to physical abuse like nursing home neglect. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), it also includes "financial or material exploitation", which can take many forms but usually involves a scam of some kind designed to cheat seniors out of money or assets. If you have an elderly relative or loved one, you should know how to identify elder abuse like this and what you should do if you discover a scammer. The best defense against financial elder abuse is an alert and involved family, especially if your relative is prone to memory problems or confusion.
Lately we've been talking about the fight against elder abuse and trying to find ways to help our mothers, fathers, and grandparents enjoy their golden years, but there are people out there who aren't looking out for our elderly. Recently a nursing home network in our area was cut off from federal funding and reports of elder abuse are on the rise, but Georgia police are ready to fight future abuse.
Not long ago we told you about the closing on a nursing home in Jeffersonville-not far from Macon. Well we now have some updates on the company that ran that nursing home, and the picture these details paint makes this operation look even more dangerous for seniors across Georgia and many other states.
Is Elder Abuse Going Viral?
Finding a nursing home where your parents or relatives can live out the rest of their days in comfort and peace is getting harder and harder. People are reporting abuse more frequently, and they are taking these offenders to court so they can pay for their crimes. But as time moves forward, new innovations are arising, and some people are misusing this new wave of technology.
The little town of Jeffersonville-which is only a few miles southeast of Macon-only has about 1,000 residents, so when they learned that New Beginnings Care was slated to be closed, residents were shocked. On January 13, inspectors visited the facility and discovered what they called "squalid conditions."