Adult Day Care Abuse
Adult Day Care (ADC) is operated as a daily care facility for elder adults who need supervision or assistance with daily routine activities like eating, maintaining personal hygiene, and taking medications. In California, any care facility involved in providing care for people 18 years or older, for supervising daily activities or providing protection for these individuals is called an adult day care facility.
While a large number of adult day care programs offer rehabilitative services, including occupational and physical therapies, nutritional counseling, case management services, along with recreational or social activities, they are not legally allowed to provide medical care. Caregivers or supervisors can drop their elderly loved ones in these adult care facilities for a few hours each day, but unfortunately, adult day care abuse cases are on the rise in these facilities.
Common Types Of Adult Day Care Abuse
Almost all of the abuse risks that an elderly resident might have to face in a skilled nursing facility are also present in adult day care. Some elderly patients may be so mentally and physically frail, that they might lack the ability to convey to their loved ones that they are being abused. Therefore, family, friends, or any other caregiver responsible for dropping off the adult at the daycare facility should always be on the lookout for such signs which point to abuse.
Easy to point out, physical abuse is one of the most prominent abuses involved in such cases. You should always look for signs like bruises, marks, cuts, signs of restraints, and any unnecessary spots on the skin, which might be pointing to abuse.
Any sort of unwanted or inappropriate gesture can be considered sexual abuse. Bleeding in the private areas, bruises or marks in or around the genital region, or sudden changes in behavior, all of these are symptoms of sexual abuse.
Patients suffering mental impairments should not be giving expensive gadgets, or huge amounts of hard cash. In a large number of cases, we found out that staff members of an elder daycare facility were asking elderly residents to write checks for them for personal use.
Lack of Dignity
Changes in behavior or a negative perspective are all warning signs that an elder might be facing lack of respect due to verbal abuse. If you notice that your elderly relative is fearful or confused if they want to go to the daycare facility, this means you should look into the matter.
Adult Day Care Abuse Attorneys
At Lanzone Morgan, we have years of experience handling elder abuse cases, both in daycare facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Over the years, we have come across some of the most disturbing abuse cases, but using our profound experience, we were able to get our clients legally compensated for the things they were made to go through. While getting monetary benefits may not matter for you right now, but you are legally entitled to be compensated for any medical bills and the suffering.
If you suspect that an elderly relative or any elderly resident of an adult daycare facility or a skilled nursing facility is being abused, you should consider calling us at 1-888-887-9777 to speak to Anthony C. Lanzone and James M. Morgan today!