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Elder abuse: Taking advantage of seniors with dementia

It is heartbreaking to watch a loved one losing his or her memory and mental capacity. It is even more heart-wrenching when the elderly who suffer from dementia are taken advantage of. Elder abuse in Louisiana is a heinous act in itself, but when it is perpetrated against someone who struggles with dementia, it is even more abhorrent. Scammers are unscrupulous when it comes to trying to get what they're after; most often, it's money.

Elder law: Applying for guardianship of the elderly

Guardianship, also known as conservatorship, may be applicable in cases when someone who hasn't made a power of attorney is no longer able to make important decisions regarding finances or health care. Guardianship is often used when a person is incapacitated, elderly or who has a disability and for someone who does not have a power of attorney. When elderly persons in Louisiana suffer from dementia or anything that inhibits them from making rational decisions, guardianship may be in order.

Louisiana may allow granny cams to spot nursing home negligence

The escalating cases of elder abuse in nursing homes have been the main reason for setting up video surveillance. Louisiana recently joined other states in possibly allowing granny cams to be placed in nursing homes to try to spot elder abuse and nursing home negligence. The state recently approved Bill 281,which will give family members and loved ones the green light to install video cameras in the rooms of their family members in care.

Financial exploitation: A risk the elderly face

Financial exploitation of an elderly loved one is a serious problem that has to be managed as soon as you notice it. If you suspect that your mother's or father's new friend is trying to edge into your parent's will or that the nursing home aide has been taking advantage of your loved one's good nature and bank account, talk to a lawyer about your legal options.

Feds apply heavy hand to those guilty of elder abuse

The senior population is one of the easiest targets of scams. For the most part, the elderly are very trusting and so it comes as no surprise that many older folks are taken advantage of by fraudsters and suffer this kind of abuse.  In fact, seniors in the United States -- and Louisiana is no exception -- have lost billions of dollars to shady deals and dealers. An elderly woman from Louisiana recently found herself embroiled in one of these scams.

Nursing home care in Louisiana: Read contracts before signing

Reading the fine print in contracts is something many people don't do. But when it comes to a living situation for an elderly family member in Louisiana, both the potential resident (if he or she is able) and a family member would be wise to read every bit of a contractual agreement before committing to a nursing home. The resident and/or family member will want to ensure that everything in the document is in order and that the would-be resident will be getting the best possible nursing home care

3 red flags a relative is stealing from your elderly parents

As your parents get older, you may have concerns about new people that come into their lives. You have seen plenty of news stories about live-in caregivers that have made off with family fortunes, or accountants that have taken complete control of an elder's assets for their own interest. But what if it is not the new friends or caregivers that you have to worry about? What if it is actually a family member, such as your own sibling, that you should keep a closer eye on?

Elder law: New law aims to prevent elder abuse

The Elder Abuse and Prevention and Protection Act (EAPPA) aims not only to bring awareness to elder abuse issues, but to protect millions of elderly from untoward actions. Certain experts are calling this likely elder law to be the most comprehensive of its kind in years. The bill came as cases of elder abuse continue to escalate in America and Louisiana is no exception.

Protecting against financial elder abuse

When most Louisiana residents consider the needs of their aging loved ones, the conversation usually turns to medical issues and overall well-being. People spend a great deal of time and effort trying to find the right nursing home setting for their aging parents or grandparents. They may also put significant effort into getting the best possible medical care. What is often overlooked is the risk of elder financial abuse.

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