Seattle Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Lawyers
You may have had many reservations when your spouse, parent, or grandparent had to move into a nursing home or other type of elder care facility. You may have worried most about their quality of life. Would they lose too much independence? Would they feel lonely? Would they receive enough care and attention? Your worst fear may have come true when your loved one told you or showed signs of being injured or harmed.
After overcoming the shock and dismay of learning your vulnerable loved one has been become a victim of abuse or neglect, and you want to know your rights and what you should do next, we recommend contacting our experienced nursing home and elder abuse lawyers in Seattle.
At Menzer Law Firm, PLLC, we can thoroughly review instances of serious elder neglect or abuse at a facility and pursue civil damage claims when appropriate. We can also work with your family to ensure your loved one receives the medical care they need and has a safe, alternative place to live.
To talk with us about a case of elder neglect or abuse, call us at (206) 903-1818 or use our online form to schedule a free case review.
Types of Senior Care Facilities
At Menzer Law Firm, PLLC, we handle neglect and abuse claims occurring at all types of elder care facilities, including:
Adult Family Homes
These are regular residences in which the owners and staff take responsibility for the residents’ well-being and safety. Residents may receive a room, meals, laundry services, supervision, and different levels of care depending on their needs and the resources available at the home. Some adult family homes offer specialized care for adults with certain needs, such as dementia. An adult family home can have between two and six residents.
Assisted Living Facilities
Most assisted living facilities provide a larger community setting than an adult family home, though residents obtain may similar services and varying levels of care. These facilities serve seven or more residents.
These facilities may contract with Medicaid and usually have one or more licenses to provide specialized services such as adult residential care (ARC), enhanced adult residential care with or without specialized dementia care services (EARC), or more general assisted living care. Nursing care is sometimes offered in these settings.
Nursing homes in Washington can provide 24-hour supervised nursing care along with room and board. They should offer personal care, therapies, nutrition management, medical care, social services, and social activities. Seniors may live in a nursing home for a short period of time to receive intensive care or complete physical rehabilitation. Other seniors enter nursing homes for the long-term because they need a greater degree of care than they can receive at home or in an assisted living facility.
Dementia Care Centers
The Specialized Dementia Care Program is appropriate for seniors who can no longer live at home due to Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. These Dementia Care Centers should provide 24-hour staff with specific dementia training as well as safe indoor and outdoor environments within a secured area.
What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse encompasses all intentional and reckless physical, sexual, psychological, and financial misconduct that victimizes a senior. It may lead to serious physical and/or emotional injuries or a worsening condition, though not always.
Our Seattle elder abuse attorneys have handled cases in which facility staff members and caretakers have assaulted, restrained, or otherwise physically injured residents of the facility.
However, not all abuse is physical. Staff members may emotionally and psychologically abuse a senior through name-calling, shaming, blaming, harassing, demeaning, humiliating, and ridiculing them. The staff member may intimidate, terrorize, and isolate the senior from family members and friends. This type of abuse can be devastating to your loved one’s mental well-being and physical health.
We also have uncovered cases of financial abuse in which caretakers and other individuals steal from seniors, commit theft by deception or trick, or use their undue influence to obtain seniors’ money or property.
What is Elder Neglect?
While elder abuse is intentional conduct that physically, emotionally, or financially harms a senior, elder neglect may not be intentional. Instead, your loved one may suffer due to careless or and poor treatment at the facility.
Neglect can arise when staff members are not adequately trained or when the facility is under-staffed. Neglect also occurs when properly trained staff are simply unmotivated or choose not to fulfill their duties.
Our nursing home and elder neglect lawyers in Seattle have handled many cases in which substandard care at a facility caused seniors to suffer serious harm from dehydration, malnutrition, avoidable infections, and pressure sores.
Call us for Advice Today
Whether your loved one has told you they are being harmed, or you notice signs of neglect or abuse, you should talk with an experienced nursing home and elder abuse lawyer in Seattle as soon as possible. We will investigate the situation and advise you and your loved one of your legal options, including pursuing compensation through a personal injury claim.