Adult Daycare Abuse Attorney in Omaha
Adult daycare centers are an important resource for people who require assistance, particularly for those who are elderly or have special needs. Families that have to work during the week need a safe place where they can leave their vulnerable relatives and know that they will be taken care of.
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These facilities perform the same basic functions that a regular daycare does; they provide meals, administer medication, and keep the people under their care safe and occupied with activities. Adult daycares are an asset to any community, but unfortunately, not all of them operate with the same integrity.
If you believe your loved one has been abused or neglected in an adult daycare center, please file a complaint with Nebraska’s Adult Protective Services, and speak to an experienced Omaha elder abuse lawyer at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. Call (402) 505-8234 for a free case evaluation.
Oftentimes our elderly relatives reach an age when they need supervision. Whether it’s due to physical frailty, age-related disorders, or memory deterioration, some older people are not safe on their own. This can take a toll on a family, which is where adult daycare centers can be helpful. Adult daycare centers are not full-time care centers. These centers are designed to keep daytime attendees socially active, healthy, and occupied. They often have a focus on arts and crafts, forms of live entertainment, light fitness, and other activities.
Sadly, not every adult daycare employee is there for the right reasons. Sometimes, when the management skips background checks or has to make financial cutbacks, the wrong people get hired to work with the elderly.
Here are some common forms of abuse at adult daycare centers:
- Physical abuse: This can take many forms, from pinching to hitting, slapping, or being rough. Physical abuse is also denying attendees blankets or not providing an attendee with food or water. Stay alert to any strange bruises or cuts on your relative.
- Verbal abuse: Any disrespectful communication with the attendee, such as belittling, laughing at, yelling, and threatening, would fall under verbal abuse.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse can range from inappropriate comments to any type of touching of private areas on the attendee.
- Medication abuse: Some daycare attendees require medication. Medication abuse would be not giving an attendee prescribed medication, giving the wrong medication, or giving too little or too much medication to control their behavior.
- Neglect: Attendees should be just as supervised as they would be at home with family. If an employee charged with caring for a patient lets the patient wander off or have a medical emergency that goes unnoticed, that falls under lack of supervision and is a form of abuse.
- Financial abuse: If an employee is stealing from daycare attendees in any form, such as using their debit/credit cards, asking them to write checks, or taking their cash, it is financial abuse.
When people prey on children or the elderly, our firm takes it very seriously. Abusing those who cannot defend themselves is a heinous act, and it should never go unpunished.
When you leave your loved one in the care of other people, you expect that they will do their best to keep your loved one safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Adult daycare centers often have fewer background checks and looser hiring standards than nursing homes, and do not always prevent inappropriate people from gaining a position at their facilities.
If you believe that your loved one has been abused at an adult daycare, you need an experienced attorney at your side. Victims of elder abuse can receive compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, and the cost of enrolling in a new program, as well as punitive damages for the wrongdoing in some cases. However, you are going up against the daycare center’s insurance company, which will do its best to minimize liability. That’s why you need a lawyer who knows how to get you the financial recovery your loved one truly deserves. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to discuss your case. Your consultation is free of charge, and if we take your case, you pay no fees until we get justice for your family.
- Nebraska DHHS: Home and Community Services: Adult Day Services
- Day Care for Older People - Merck Manual
- Adult Day Care - Administration for Community Living
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