June Marks National Elder Abuse Awareness Month

This June please join us in our efforts to bring awareness to an issue affecting millions of elderly Americans: elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

According to national databases, every year roughly 5 million older Americans are victimized, and millions of instances of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation go unreported. 

There are risk factors known to increase the likelihood of abuse or neglect, including:

  • Poor staffing
  • Management indifference
  • Insufficient staff training
  • poor staff screening
  • Stress and burnout among staff
  • Insufficient staff to resident ratio
  • Frequent staff turnover
  • A history of complaints/deficiencies
  • The status of the physical environment (i.e. unsanitary conditions).

Common signs of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect include bed sores (or pressure ulcers), dehydration, malnutrition, rapid weight loss or gain, sudden changes in behavior, and unexplained injuries or death.

Just over two years ago, New York State released reports outlining the frequency of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout the state. The information shared in the report shocked many, as the results indicated major deficiencies in the state’s ability to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect. We in turn formed the Jacoby & Meyers Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect Elder Law Lawyers group. 

We encourage you to share this post and join in the fight to end elder abuse. If you suspect your elderly loved one has fallen victim to nursing home abuse or neglect click here. 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP