The Panama City nursing home abuse lawyers at our firm understand that aging individuals and their family members face many difficult decisions. When considering living arrangements for an elderly loved one, it is important to understand the different levels of care available.
There are three primary categories of living options for those who may no longer be able to live on their own:
Selecting the appropriate level of care is not a one-time decision. The needs of an individual should be periodically reassessed and should be made by the aging individual, family members, and medical professionals working as a team.
It is important to recognize that elder abuse and neglect can occur in any setting. While most people are aware that nursing home abuse is a problem, people do not always realize that abuse and neglect can happen in a private home. All members of our community should be alert for the possibility that seniors may be suffering mistreatment by family members or by paid caregivers. Neglect involves the failure to provide care in a manner that prevents unnecessary harm or pain. Abuse can be physical or can involve emotional mistreatment, such as shaming, berating, or ridiculing an individual.
If you believe an elderly individual is being mistreated, it is important to seek help. You can find information on how to report abuse on the website for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Our legal team has experience in representing the victims of elder abuse in Panama City and throughout Northern Florida. Please call. We can help you find the resources to protect your loved one and advocate for the legal rights of area seniors.