Video: Watch Kerry Peck interviewed on Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce, on the topic of Dementia and Caregivers

Managing Partner Kerry Peck was interviewed on Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce. The interview discusses financial abuse and specifically, caregiver abuse:

“The most common financial abuse cases that we see are caregiver abuse cases. The typical scenario is an older adult is left one-on-one with a 24/7 caregiver. You see a lot of women taking advantage of elderly men in what develops into being an intimate relationship.”

If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of caregiver abuse, contact an experienced elder care abuse attorney of Peck Ritchey, LLC today.

Peck Ritchey, LLC attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2017

Kerry Peck, of Peck Ritchey, LLC has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2017. This is his 10th consecutive year achieving this prestigious honor!

Alongside Mr. Peck’s achievement, other attorneys at the firm have been named 2017 Rising Stars, including Jesse Footlik, Brandon Peck, and Tim Ritchey.

To learn more about our attorneys and the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars distinctions, click here.

Campton Hills caregiver arrested for elder abuse

A Campton Hills caregiver has been accused of abusing an elderly woman and man, according to a statement released by Kane County grand jury.

Initial reports say that the accused, identified as 51-year-old Oyunaa Jargel, was charged with aggravated battery and criminal abuse or neglect. Jargel allegedly shoved an 80-year-old man in his chest and pulled out a feeding tube from a 77-year-old woman, causing a liquid to spray on the elderly woman’s face. The incident took place on December 14, last year.

After her arrest, Jargel has been released on a personal recognizance bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on January 25.

If you or someone you know has suffered an illness or injury caused by an abusive caregiver, you may be entitled to a financial compensation. Our Illinois lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC are experienced and knowledgeable in elder abuse and elder neglect litigation and can provide you with a reliable representation in court. Get in touch with us at (855) 328-5787 to learn more about your legal options.

Kerry Peck featured in Illinois Bar Association Video

Chicago guardianship attorney Kerry Peck was featured in a video posted by the Illinois State Bar Association. In the 12-minute Ted Talk-style video, Peck provides a detailed overview of guardianship and probate code.

Andrew Sachs Dies at 86

86-year-old Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs died following his battle with dementia, which lasted four years.

According to wife Melody Sachs, Sachs suffered from vascular dementia. He was first diagnosed in 2012 and spent eight months in a nursing home facility. After suffering from intense pneumonia, Sachs lost his capacity to speak, a common characteristic of people suffering from the disease. Mrs. Sachs said she had the best life with her husband and no one should feel sorry for her loss. Despite his long battle with dementia, Sachs remained positive until the end of his life. Friends of Sachs in the film industry describe him as a hilarious and extraordinary person. He started his acting career on BBC radio and later captured our hearts when he played Manuel in John Cleese’s comedy series Fawlty Towers.

We at Peck Ritchey, LLC expresses our sincerest condolences to the family of Andrew Sachs. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Kerry Peck quoted in this week’s Barron’s

Chicago elder law attorney Kerry Peck was quoted in this week’s issue of Barron’s in an article discussing the realities of financial abuse of the elderly.

To read the article, click here.

Elder abuse hardly recognized in U.S. emergency sections

Despite the known sustained effects of abuse on physical and mental health, and the number of occurrences of elder abuse in the U.S. being estimated to be a startling one in 10 elders, the formal diagnoses of elder abuse are exceptionally rare; physicians tend to find and diagnose such cases at a rate of about 1 in every 7,700 visits.

Many people credit this to the fact that many of these same folks tend to not have steady, regular physicians and tend to visit emergency services instead when there is a problem. Timothy Platts-Mills, MD, discusses these implications in the study that revealed these numbers, saying that detecting abuse in an elderly patient, especially an irregular patient, can be difficult due to the fragility of elderly people as well as stubbornness and memory failure.

Platts-Mills, MD, is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and the co-director of the division of geriatric emergency medicine at the UNC School of Medicine. He is also the lead author of the study. His and his team’s goal is to expose the true rates of elder abuse and work toward better detection by developing specialized screening and questionnaires.

Many people experience shock and then rage when coming to find their elderly loved one faced abuse at the hands of people they trust or even other family members. If you find yourself being abused or your loved ones have been, contact an attorney at Peck Ritchey, LLC right away by calling (855) 328-5787.

New rule imposed for elderly abuse in nursing homes

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that over five million Americans are victims of some form of elder abuse yearly. As a preventative measure, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule on September 28th which banned the use of arbitration, as opposed to court mediation, in settling nursing home disputes.

Common signs of elderly abuse include withdrawal from regular activities, sudden drop in finances, presence of bruises or contusions, missed medicine intake, weight loss, and troubled relationships with caregivers. Other forms of abuse from nursing home staff include sexual and physical assault, administering of unnecessary drugs, dehydration, and even death.

Chicago elder neglect lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC are committed to protecting the rights of the elders in our communities. If you suspect a loved one may be the victim of elder abuse, contact an attorney to set up a consultation today by calling (855) 328-5787.

How to Prepare for your End-of-Life Care

Of all the difficult conversations one should have in their life, the one about your end-of-life wishes can be one of the most important. Though the topic is equal parts sensitive and challenging, those closest to you should know how they should proceed after you’ve passed.

When going to discuss this with your healthcare provider, there are a few steps to make the process a little less intimidating:

  • Initiate the conversation yourself—despite encouragement from the community for healthcare providers to bring up the conversation, only about 15% actually do.
  • Schedule a separate appointment—a doctor might not be able to give you their full attention about this delicate subject if they’re trying to have the conversation in the middle of your yearly check-up.
  • Do research—it’s good to be prepared for this conversation. Spend some of your own time considering options and thinking about questions you’d like to ask.
  • Choose a representative before your meeting—in the event you cannot speak on your own behalf, it’s a good idea that you have a healthcare proxy who knows what you want. Speak with the person before you go into your appointment and be prepared to have two people as a backup.
  • Bring paperwork with you—if there are forms that you know you’ll need for the conversation, print them at home and look over them before you speak with your doctor.
  • Think about your questions in advance—when you’re doing research of your own and you run across something you don’t understand or you’re just not finding options that seem right for you, write down those questions to bring in.
  • It’s okay to need two appointments—when it comes to your end-of-life wishes, you shouldn’t be coerced or rushed into anything. It’s completely acceptable to request a second appointment so you can consider everything you spoke about with your doctor. Furthermore, it’s recommended that your records are updated every few years.

When it comes to legal documents to consider for your end-of-life wishes, none are better to help you find and navigate those papers than the attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC. Contact our competent Chicago Elder Law Litigation Lawyers at (855) 328-5787 today.

Grandson defaulted elderly couple’s home

A late-80s couple has been forced from the home they’ve lived in for nearly 60 years. After their harrowing battle against an eviction claim, they’ve made the incredibly difficult decision to cut their losses and move into a community for seniors.

Just a few months prior to their eviction, they had given the deed of their home to their grandson, who had offered to take care of them financially in exchange. He, instead, promptly mortgaged the home for as much as he could and defaulted on all three loans before selling the home without their consent. Neither of them thought their grandson would treat them that way.

Neighbors of the couple were alerted to their troubles when a real estate agent preemptively introduced them to the home’s new resident. Shocked because the couple had plans to stay there for the rest of their lives, the neighbors set up a fundraiser to help them hire a lawyer and, when they would eventually give up the cause, find them a good place to live. Unfortunately, there was no legal remedy as the foreclosure process had been completed.

Their grandson has yet to face charges as the incident is still being investigated.

If you find that someone you entrusted with your care has actually been exploiting your good faith for their personal financial gain, you may have legal recourse to compensate for your emotional or financial anguish. Contact an attorney with Peck Ritchey, LLC at (855) 328-5787.

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