Growing old is something most of us don't escape -- if we're lucky. Getting older doesn't have to mean losing out on many of life's adventures, especially for those Louisiana residents who have peace of mind having an advance health care directive in place. It's comforting for people to know that they have something in place that allows someone to make health care decisions for them if they can't. No one knows what life has in store and it's better to be prepared.
When it comes to abuse of the elderly, seniors can be both on the receiving and giving ends of things. Some Louisiana seniors in care who struggle with dementia display outbursts of anger and can be guilty of physical abuse of other elders. Dementia can change once placid people into those with violent tempers.
An already-incarcerated 50-year-old woman serving time for aggravated robbery has had her sentence reduced from life to 30 years. The abuse the Louisiana inmate inflicted upon her elderly victims included pistol-whipping them prior to stealing their valuables. The woman has been behind bars for 22 years.
Seniors are among the most vulnerable individuals in society. Elder law aims to protect these older Louisiana residents. There are things that have been working, but there are other areas that still need work. The abuse and neglect of older people is unacceptable and unwarranted. A United Nations International Plan of Action agrees that elder abuse is both a human rights and a public health issue.
When a senior citizen is intent on continuing to drive, but there is every indication he or she could possibly cause an accident, taking away the car keys seems like the right thing to do. Yet doing so may be challenging legally. When it comes to elder law in Louisiana, the person who holds power of attorney may be able to confiscate the senior's keys, but it's a murky area legally speaking if anyone else takes that step.
A 77-year-old woman recently died as a result of infected bedsores. Police found the elderly woman lying in her own feces in the horrible case of elder abuse. Elder law in Louisiana is definitive when it comes to protecting seniors. The woman was in such a terrible state that her flesh was starting to fuse with sofa on which she was lying. The woman's two granddaughters -- who are cousins -- were arrested and charged with manslaughter and cruelty to the infirm.
Planning for old age is crucial, especially when Medicare won't pay for life in a nursing home. But, with some prudent Medicaid planning, Louisiana residents may have financially stress-free senior years. One of the goals of wise planning is to ensure than any countable assets are rearranged in a portfolio so that they can exchanged for assets that are tax exempt.
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.
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.
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.