Put A Stop To Elder Abuse And/Or Neglect

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a monumental decision for any family. After extensive research and on-site visits, you select and entrust a facility to provide quality care for your loved one. Where can you turn with worries that this trust has been violated and your loved one is being abused or neglected? You need to speak with an experienced lawyer.

Hopkins Law Office has provided legal counsel to families in West Des Moines and across Iowa who are struggling with just these scenarios. Pat Hopkins has more than 40 years of experience and knows how to help you find a solution.

The first step is to get your family member into a loving and safe environment. The second step is to determine what happened. You may need help in that quest. When we get involved, we will document exactly what happened and what your options are.

Types Of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can take several forms. Physical abuse might include shoving, tying an elderly person in a wheelchair, locking the person in a room or sexual abuse. Psychological abuse can cause emotional harm and financial losses.

Often loved ones hide what is happening and it can be hard to identify the problems. Unexplained bruises, broken bones or changes in behavior are warning signs.

Signs Of Elder Neglect

Neglect occurs when a caregiver does not attend to an elderly person's needs. Things to watch for include:

  • Unkempt appearance — dirty clothing or messy hair
  • Bedsores that can happen when an immobile person is left in the same position for too long
  • Missing mobility aids like a walker or broken hearing aids

Discovering that a beloved family member suffered physical, sexual or financial abuse or neglect at the hands of an individual or residential care facility goes beyond a violation of trust.

A Shocking Discovery Requires Immediate Action

Once you become aware of a problem, you can remedy it. For more information, call our West Des Moines attorney at 515-218-7075 or send an email to schedule a free initial consultation.