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.