By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, NJ Alzheimer’s Attorney

Many nursing and Assisted Living homes know that Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are vulnerable to mistreatment.  Elder abuse is therefore more of a risk.  To avoid abuse, it is necessary that caretakers and those representing abuse victims do so in a compassionate manner given the vulnerable nature of these patients.

Patients in the early stage of the disease generally have full cognition, yet are slightly afraid of the future.  They may have difficulty remembering persons and things. To avoid embarrassment they may avoid communication. You should easily be able to ask them if anything is wrong.  Be persistent, but respectful when obtaining this information.  You should also drop in on the care facility on occasion.  If you see that a loved one has obvious signs of neglect, then ask the staff to explain what you are seeing.  If the staff hesitates, then this is a sign for you to be suspicious.

No one should have to face abuse at any point in their life, especially during their later years.  We are all vulnerable to something as we age, so having someone to take care of us will ensure that we are protected.

NJ Elder abuse law(s) are designed to protect those in long-term care.

Contact me personally today to discuss your New Jersey Alzheimer’s matter.  I am easy to talk to, very approachable and can offer you practical, legal ways to handle your concerns.  You can reach me toll free at (855) 376-5291 or e-mail me at