My mom has dementia and I believe she is being mistreated at her personal care facility. She has escaped the facility; She has bruises and I’m worried. What should I do?
Haley: Once again, for “The Law & You”, joining us today we have attorneys Molly Clark and Greg Fellerman. So nice to see both of you.”
Molly: Nice to see you too, Haley.
Greg: Great to be here.
Haley: It’s almost spring, we’re excited for that.
Molly: Very much so.
Greg: It’s been great.
Haley: Yeah, we are ready for it but in the meantime, before it’s spring, let’s get to today’s question. This comes from Mary in Bloomsburg, she says, “My mom has dementia and I believe she is being mistreated at her personal care facility. She has escaped the facility; she has bruises and I’m worried. What should I do?” Not a good situation there.
Molly: No, I’m very sorry to hear that, Mary. That’s a terrible situation and you wouldn’t believe how many calls we get similar to this. The first thing I think you might want to do is get your mom out of there. I don’t think that – that place doesn’t sound like it’s safe for her. I would try to move her; that’s not always the easiest thing but that’s the first thing I would do in this situation. And then what you’re going to want to do is report what you think has happened; ask for records, see if there are cameras, if there’s any surveillance – anything you can catch on tape would be very important going forward. And you know, we would be happy to help you with that. That’s something that we definitely handle and that we get a lot of calls on so, I’ll turn to Greg.
Greg: Yeah, no, these cases – we see a lot of. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of elderly people in Northeastern Pennsylvania and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And the truth is these people need the most protection afforded by the law. And their care is, you know, needs to be at the highest standards. And unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t happen and in those situations, if you think one of your loved ones has been abused or something has happened, you have to pick up the phone, you have to make complaints, and get a law firm involved to help you pursue your claim. And I think it’s one thing – you know, as we all get older. I always say that could be us someday. So make sure that everyone is doing the best for the elderly cause that could be you someday. Remember that.
Haley: Absolutely. Some good advice today. Guys, thank you so much for your time and your thoughts on that question. If you at home have more questions for “The Law & You”, you can go to PAHomePage.com or give the hotline a call.
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