An NBC News affiliate in Tucson, AZ reports a case of an elderly woman being physically abused by the registered nurse whose job it was to care for her. The elderly woman suffers from diabetes and alzheimer’s, and requires significant care. Co-workers of the nurse who looked after her noticed a cut, and some swelling and bruising on the woman’s lip, and decided to investigate. The nurse tells a story of her hurting herself on her safety harness, but the elderly woman says that her nurse physically abused her. Also relayed is a story of a gardener who stole hundreds of dollars by way of check forgery from the elderly woman who hired her to tend her yard.
Do you believe that your elder loved one has become victim to physical or financial abuse? Contact a dedicated Denver elder abuse attorney immediately to discuss your options.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, studies suggest that over a million Americans over the age of 65 have been physically, financially, or emotionally abused by caregivers. The disturbing fact is that it is further estimated that only about 1 out of every 14 incidents is reported to authorities. There are many reasons why elder abuse is so frequently unreported, but the fact is that a shocking number of elder Americans are not receiving the standard of care that they deserve.
If you believe that your elder family member is being abused or neglected by a caregiver, don’t ignore the problem. Knowing what to do can be confusing, contact an experienced Denver elder abuse attorney; you don’t want to make serious accusations without foundation, but you certainly don’t want your loved one to continue to be mistreated. Dedicated, compassionate Denver elder abuse attorney Rhett Meyer can help. From helping investigate your suspicions to directing you to resources to get help if your suspicions have been confirmed, to potential litigation, Rhett has helped countless Coloradans to protect the health, safety, and dignity of their elder loved ones. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact Rhett today at (303)444-1618.