Citizen’s Voice recently published a letter to the editor explaining the positive outcomes following the creation of an Elder Abuse Task Force.
The Chairman of the task force explained that their area has a high (and growing population) of citizens over 65 years old. However, too few people are aware of the abuse suffered by many of those citizens. From physical violence and financial abuse to sexual exploitation and general neglect, too many seniors and nursing home residents face daily challenges that no one should bear.
To help confront those problems, the community formed the task force, and has accomplished much in the three years of its existence. The force is focused on prevention, education, identification, and prosecution. A wide variety of individuals have signed up for the group, like local district attorney, members of the police departments, and many social service agencies. The group has already sponsored four training programs related to elder care and abuse. In total, many professionals have participated in the programs, demonstrating their commitment to improving the life of suffering seniors throughout the country.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti are encouraged by all efforts that bring community members together to tackle the growing problem of elder abuse. Simply raising awareness of the problem is one of the biggest hurdles to jump in the struggle to ensure no senior faces unneeded pain and suffering at the end of their lives. No matter where seniors are abused, in nursing homes or elsewhere, there is no excuse for not taking action to stop it. Please contact an elder abuse attorney if you know of someone who has been victimized in this way.