Authored by Nancy Picasso
Improper care or elder abuse is not only a statewide issue it’s a national crisis. As the problem arises, more and more evidence proves that elder abuse occurs to adults age 60 and over. According to The Oregonian, people who are socially isolated, have dementia, or have a mental illness are at risk of experiencing these types of abuse: physical, sexual, psychological, negligence and financial exploitation. Reported cases show that the vast majority of abusers are family members, meaning about 10% of the abusers are not related to the victim (i.e. caregiver or guardians).
In Oregon, 30,000 abuse cases were reported and increased to 38,000 in 2014. An astounding number of 5 million cases were reported nationally in 2015. It is imperative to stay alert and report any type of mistreatment because only 1 in 4 cases are reported. Not only is it important to stay informed, it is also important to raise awareness on the rising issue. The Oregon Senior Care Complaints Database is a resource that displays about 8,000 substantiated complaints reported within the State of Oregon and details regarding the facilities are also included.
If you or a loved has been a victim of elder abuse, the problems might seem overwhelming. Our attorneys are experienced in helping those affected by elder abuse take back control and can advise you about your legal rights and tell you what remedies might be available. For a free consultation please call (503) 227-7770.