As a society we are aging at a more rapid rate than ever. This means that more and more demand is being placed on elder care homes. This means that we will need more people that are trained in the proper care and support of the elderly. While most of the caregivers are patient and loving there are the occasional bad apples that ruin the system for everyone with tragic consequences. This is when we are called.
Sadly, when a lawyer is called it is often too late to fix the problem. The results of the neglect are the reasons for the call and the person making the call is distraught or angry the results for the love one can be deadly. Frequently when we get involved we find people working in care homes that are untrained and uncaring and often the workers have criminal records that would, if found out, preclude them for working with the elderly or anyone else that was defenseless.
Statistics show that the number of Americans that are 65 and over will double by 2030 due to the influx of baby boomers that were born between 1946 and 1964 and the number of those turning 85 is increasing at an even faster rate. Studies show that as many as 2 million seniors are abused, exploited or neglected every year and these are conservative numbers. The actual numbers could be much higher to the level of 1 in 10! This is a huge issue and the rate of abuse is only going to increase.
Sometimes abuse is found by accident. A bruise they cannot explain or a piece of jewelry missing can be clues. Sometimes it can be much more dramatic. There was a recent case where a hairstylist noticed an elderly woman wincing in pain and it was learned that the person taking care of them was hitting them in the ribs. While this is a tragic example it is by no means unique or uncommon. Sometimes the staffing level at a care facility is so out of balance that what may seem like quality care by a worker may border on abuse and neglect.
The reality is that intentional injuries and mistakes with elder care happen. When you have mistakes or intentional injuries with the elderly they can become tragic. If you have a loved one that you believe has experienced some level of abuse or neglect I would encourage you to call the Law Office of Guenard and Bozarth. We will meet with you without cost and answer your questions. We can be reached at 888-809-1075 or on-line at We have an experienced California personal injury attorney that will take your call 24/7/365. We Can Help!