By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney
Educating seniors, professionals, caregivers, and the public on abuse is critical to prevention. On an individual level, some simple but vital steps to reduce the risk:
• Take care of your health.
• Seek professional help for drug, alcohol, and depression concerns, and urge family members to get help for these problems.
• Attend support groups for spouses and learn about domestic violence services.
• Plan for your own future. With a power of attorney or a living will, health care decisions can be addressed to avoid confusion and family problems, should you become incapacitated. Seek independent advice from someone you trust before signing any documents.
• Stay active in the community and connected with friends and family. This will decrease social isolation, which has been connected to elder abuse.
• Know your rights. If you engage the services of a paid or family caregiver, you have the right to voice your preferences and concerns. If you live in a nursing home or board and care home, call your Long Term Care Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is your advocate and has the power to intervene. Please visit our Help for Elders and Families section to learn more.
New Jersey has adult protective agencies and a long-term care ombudsman, family care supports, and home and community care services that can help older adults with activities of daily living. Call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 for information and referrals on services in your area.
Contact me personally today to discuss your New Jersey elder abuse issue. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.