In a June 2019 report, the Office of Inspector General, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced the findings of its investigation into nursing home failure to report potential abuse and neglect when the law requires mandatory reporting. Looking at 2016 emergency room data, auditors extrapolated that at least 6,600 incidents of possible abuse or neglect presented to doctors in the ER went unreported by nursing homes to oversight authorities, reports the Associated Press.
The Dallas Morning News recently reported on an incident involving an individual with autism who suffered serious facial and mouth injuries at a local treatment center. According to the article, an employee said she had observed another worker kick the patient, causing him to lose several teeth.
Researchers in a new study published in JAMA found a startling rise in the number of fatal falls among elderly people, according to The New York Times. We have written in this space about falls, most recently prompted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s fall in her U.S. Supreme Court office.
An important part of our practice at Chayet & Danzo, LLC, is to help to protect vulnerable Colorado seniors in nursing homes, assisted living and other kinds of long-term care facilities. To that end, we advocate for quality, safe health care services as well as the prevention of elder neglect and abuse of all kinds.
In more news about the financial abuse of seniors, CNN just published an article about an important study linking early dementia and susceptibility to telephone scams. So even if your older loved one seems cognitively healthy and normally exercises good judgment, falling prey to a phone scam may be an important wake-up call.
At our law firm, we focus on protecting senior citizens from abuse of all kinds through representation of vulnerable elders as well as family members or friends responsible for or concerned about their parents, grandparents or other elderly relatives or friends. Unfortunately, financial abuse of seniors is common, whether perpetrated by fiduciaries, caregivers, family members, strangers or professionals.
At our law firm, we help small-business owners in Colorado plan for the eventual exit from their commercial enterprises by developing creative, comprehensive business succession plans. In part 1, we introduced the idea of creating a business exit strategy for the eventual departure of the owner or founder of the business, which could be either unplanned such as because of disability, a planned retirement or several other potential scenarios.
Across our state, innovative, hardworking people are starting or operating small businesses in a wide variety of industries and professions. Commercial endeavors as diverse as a downtown boutique, a dental partnership, a plumbing service and a tool-and-die manufacturer have an often-overlooked need: a sound, well thought out business succession plan.
We recently posted here about the importance of long-term care planning in case of the temporary or permanent need for long-term health care at home, in assisted living or in a nursing facility. As a follow-up to that post, today we will talk about long-term care insurance as a potential component of this planning.
At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, we help our Colorado clients prepare for the possibility that eventually, they may face the need for long-term care because of an illness, accident or condition that develops in older age. Many people do not care to think about these possibilities, but being prepared financially and logistically for long-term care can help loved ones when you face the need for such care.