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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today is Elder Abuse Awareness Day

All across the world today, people are participating in Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Ever since its inception in 2006, June 15th has marked a world-wide effort to raise awareness for the atrocities committed against elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Understaffing, inadequate background checks during hiring, and poor training of staff have resulted in many nursing home residents receiving subpar care. In many instances, they have been subjected to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Negligent care

In an attempt to put a stop to nursing home abuse and neglect, individuals, organizations, and communities will engage in activities that raise awareness about this serious issue affecting our elderly loved ones. It is important that everyone take part in Elder Abuse Awareness Day to ensure that its goals are accomplished.

The nursing home abuse attorneys at The Cochran Firm are proud to support Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and we hope that you will participate as well. You can contribute in the following ways:

  • Develop an educational program about elder abuse
  • Volunteer to visit with an elderly person on a regular basis – abuse happens more often when elderly people do not receive regular visits from family and friends
  • Participate in an activity designed to increase awareness of elder abuse
  • Wear purple, the official color of Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • Participate in a citizens' group to advocate for residents of long term care – visit www.nccnhr.org/static pages/citizens groups.cfm for more information

If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, the attorneys at The Cochran Firm can help you fight to protect your loved one's rights. Please contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients nationwide.

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posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 9:11 AM

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