Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer – Elder abuse is a crime!
Updated May 2021
We all hope that a nursing home abuse lawyer will not be someone any family will ever have to deal with, and yet according to a study on elderly abuse statistics by Idaho.gov about 1 in 10 Americans age 60+ have experienced abuse. If you or a loved one of yours is one of those Americans, our nursing home lawyers here at Skaug Law has the heart and expertise to help you set things right for your elderly loved ones!
There are two things that every American can agree on, we protect our children when they are young, and we don’t tolerate abuse of the elderly. In a perfect world neither of these actions would be necessary, when they are our team is here for you.
If you or a loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect, you need a supportive advocate. You need someone with experience that can effectively handle the appropriate documentation for everything from filing the initial report to the authorities to gathering additional evidence that will be required to prove any type of abuse or negligence case.
Elderly Abuse Reporting is anonymous – don’t be afraid of repercussions:
One of the biggest steps that happen during nursing home abuse cases is when your nursing home abuse attorney will inform the nursing home of the allegations of elder abuse.
Idaho also has regulations in place to ensure the proper care of our elders. Title 74, Chapter 1, of the Idaho Statutes is the Public Records Act, 74-106, and it includes an exception for complaints about nursing homes. This code section requires reports to the Department of Health and Welfare about nursing home abuse to remain confidential.
The Department of Health and Welfare may address grievances with the nursing facility, but the identity of the resident will not be revealed.
Neglect is described as the failure of caretakers to provide food, water, shelter, medical care, or other necessaries to “vulnerable adults” who are unable to protect themselves. If a person is found to have neglected or abused a resident “under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm” per Section 18-105, that individual may be subject to criminal prosecution. Penalties may include fines or imprisonment.
Financial exploitation has also been outlawed by 18-105 of the Idaho Statutes. This type of abuse is the improper use of a defenseless, older person’s power of attorney, money, or resources for the purpose of unfair advantage.
Our nursing home neglect lawyers can assist to recover any misappropriated funds and bring these abusers to justice.
If you suspect nursing home negligence attorneys advise you to watch for:
If you see or suspect any of these things listed below happening contact us at Skaug Law to immediately address, file and follow up a complaint and its handling to get your loved one the help they need or you can reach out directly to the ombudsman mentioned below, it is the closest we have to an elderly abuse hotline here in Idaho:
Idaho has an Office of Ombudsman for the Elderly and as of 2019, the ombudsman is Cathy Hart, the contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 334-3833.
Skaug Law’s Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Fights for YOU!
If you see or suspect any of these things mentioned on this page happening contact us at Skaug Law to immediately address, file, and follow up a formal complaint.
This is how you get your loved one the help they need or you can reach out directly to the ombudsman mentioned below, it is the closest we have to an elderly abuse hotline here in Idaho: Idaho has an Office of Ombudsman for the Elderly and as of 2019, the ombudsman is Cathy Hart, the contact information is email@example.com or (208) 334-3833.
Be Alert for Elder Abuse
If you have placed an elderly relative in a nursing home, you probably thought he/she would be guaranteed the proper care and protection. However, many elders are abused both in homes and in facilities responsible for their care.
As a person grows older, they may become less aware of disrespect toward them. Their ability to stand up for themselves may also be compromised. That’s where your job comes in. Speak up and protect those who are unable to do so themselves.
Nursing home abuse can involve dehydration, malnutrition, falls, wandering away, physical and sexual assault, bed sores, improper medication, and emotional abuse by staff or other residents.
Physical abuse of the elderly:
If you are aware of a situation where an elder was abused in a non-accidental use of force, causing pain, injury or impairment–seek help for them immediately. This type of abuse can involve the inappropriate use of drugs, restraint or confinement.
- Emotional abuse
Unfortunately, there are people who have no problem with psychological harming and manipulating elders. This involves humiliation, ridicule, yelling or blaming. Emotional abuse can be through a lack of action as well — ignoring the elderly person, isolating them or menacing them.
- Sexual abuse of the elderly:
Sexual abuse of the elderly means contact without consent. Any forced sexual activities should be dealt with immediately.
- Neglect of the elderly:
Caregivers can show a lack of care by not fulfilling a nursing home obligation or intentionally or non-intentional ignoring the proper steps of nursing home care.
- Elderly financial abuse:
Those who seek to misuse or exploit an elderly’s finances will resort to stealing cash, income checks, or household items. They could misuse credit cards, checks or accounts and even forge the elder’s signature.
Idaho State Support services if you suspect nursing home abuse:
The Idaho Commission on Aging provides a secure Adult Protective Services (APS) online system for mandated reporters and financial institutions to report suspicions of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults age 18 years and older.
Agency on aging in Idaho – if you suspect nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse in Idaho you can contact our nursing home abuse lawyer and you can also make an anonymous repo rt to your local area agency office:
Area Agency on Aging: Eastern Idaho
1.208.522.5391 or 1.800.632.4813
Location: Idaho Falls
Operating Hours: M-F 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Area Agency on Aging: North Central Idaho
1.208.743.5580 or 1.800.877.3206
Operating Hours: M-F 8a.m. – 5p.m.
Area Agency on Aging: Northern Idaho
1.208.667.3179 or 1.800.786.5536
Location: Coeur d’Alene
Operating Hours: M-F 8:30a.m. – 4p.m.
Area Agency on Aging: South Central Idaho
1.208.736.2122 or 1.800.574.8656
Location: Twin Falls
Operating Hours: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Area Agency on Aging: Southeast Idaho
22.214.171.12432 or 1.800.526.8129
Operating Hours: M-F 8a.m. – 5p.m., F 8a.m. – 12p.m.
Area Agency on Aging: Southwest Idaho
1.208.898.7060 or 1.844.850.2883
Operating Hours: M-F 8a.m. – 5p.m.
Call For Legal Help From Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Eldercare violations may be physical, emotional, or financial. In some situations, the mistreatment of the aged and infirm can cause a combination of injuries.
If you are looking for assistance with a claim for elder care abuse, a Skaug Law attorney will offer FREE advice in your initial consultation and help you understand your legal options. Contact a Skaug Law nursing home abuse lawyer to talk things over.