Plan for Long Term Care… Now… or Else

Plan for Long Term Care… Now… or Else
Fredrick Niemann, New Jersey Long Term Care Insurance Attorney “According to some sources, 60% of us will need long term care sometime during our lives. It is important for all of us to prepare for that day when we will need to help loved ones with elder care or we will need elder care for ourselves.” “It […]

Abuse of The Elderly Soars (UK)

Abuse of the elderly soars
23rd November 2009
ABUSE of vulnerable elderly and disabled people in Worcestershire has increased dramatically in the space of a year, according to a shocking new health report.
Figures show that there were 442 referrals of vulnerable adults to social care services in Worcestershire in 2009/09, a 72 per cent increase on the previous year when there were only 257 referrals which in turn increased from 97 referrals the year before that.

Sandra Rote, director of clinical development and executive nurse lead with NHS Worcestershire, said the rise should be seen positively as it showed that more people were reporting abuse so something could be done about it.


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Elder Abuse Awareness Program (MA. USA)

Georgetown senior activities
 November 26, 2009
The Georgetown Senior Center is at the First Congregational Church on Andover Street. For more information about programs, call the Council on Aging office at 978-352-5726.

Elder abuse program Dec. 8: 

The Elder Justice Network of the Greater North Shore will present an informational program on elder abuse Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. The program will include information about the different forms that elder abuse can take including physical, financial exploitation, emotional and self-neglect. The program will also provide information regarding the warning signs of elder abuse as well as ways to help if elder abuse is suspected.

SOURCE:    NewburyPort News

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Alleged Elder Abuser Scheduled For A Plea Hearing (MN. USA)

Larson Hearing Is Slated For December
 Albert Lea Tribune
November 23, 2009
Nineteen-year-old Ashton Larson, one of the two young women charged with alleged elder abuse at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea, is scheduled for a plea hearing Dec. 17 in Freeborn County District Court.
At this hearing, Larson will enter a plea for her charges, which include two counts of fifth-degree assault, five counts of criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult, two counts of disorderly conduct of a vulnerable adult and one count of mandatory failure to report.
The hearing will come a month after Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab issued a written order denying the motion made by Larson’s lawyer to dismiss the criminal complaint against his client for lack of probable cause.
In the order, he stated the case should be scheduled for trial by jury as early as possible.
Charges in the case came in December 2008 after an investigation into the allegations of abuse by local and Minnesota Department of Health officials; however, details of the allegations surfaced August 2008 after the release of the Department of Health’s report.
The report concluded four teenagers were involved in verbal, sexual and emotional abuse of 15 residents at the nursing home in Albert Lea from January through May 2008. The residents suffered from mental degradation conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Co-defendant Brianna Broitzman pleaded not guilty to similar charges in August. Her jury trial has been scheduled for April 2010.
Larson’s hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17.
The case once garnered national attention from media outlets such as NBC’s “Today,” The Associated Press and “Paul Harvey News and Comment.” The spotlight on the case likely will return at trial.

SOURCE:     Albert Lea Tribune, MN. USA


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Judge Hands Down Sentence in Elder Abuse Case (USA)

Judge hands down sentence in elder abuse case
December 1, 2009
An incapacitated victim of elder abuse testified in court from a gurney last week at the sentencing hearing for the woman who had been her caretaker. Mabel Seabolt, 84, of Mitchell Valley, told the court she loved Stella Farmer “and could not understand what Farmer would be punished for,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy Evans’ office in a release late last week.
Farmer, 45, of Atkins, entered an Alford plea of guilty to the charge of abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult resulting in serious injury, and was convicted on Sept. 17, the release said. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jill Kinser Lawson prosecuted Farmer, who was defended by Michael Bishop of Abingdon.

The prosecutor said Farmer was caregiver for Seabolt “off and on for approximately one year and continuously for four to six weeks prior to Seabolt’s November 2008 admission to Smyth County Community Hospital.”
The commonwealth’s evidence, presented at the conviction and sentencing hearings, included “extensive medical and photographic evidence of” Seabolt’s injuries. “Upon admission, Seabolt was in sepsis and renal failure and was severely dehydrated and malnourished,” the release said. “She had numerous bed sores, ranging from stage one to stage four, the most serious. She weighed only 76 pounds.”

Seabolt “had been restrained for so long and in such a way that she lost the use of her feet and legs. According to one of her current nurses, Seabolt’s sores had completely healed after six months of treatment but she will never regain the use of her feet or legs,” the release said.

According to Virginia Department of Social Services statistics, 14,314 cases of elder and vulnerable adult abuse were reported in fiscal year 2008. Of these, social workers investigated 12,150 reports and substantiated 7,482. 



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Retirement Home Can Force Resident to Move to Higher Level of Care
Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., NJ Elder Law Attorney A federal court has ruled that a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can force one of its residents to move from her private apartment to an assisted living unit. Sally Herriot, 90, is a California resident of a CCRC which provides three levels of care — independent living, assisted […]

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