The health and safety of our clients remains our highest priority, today and always. Even though we requested and received an exemption from the Governor’s Order of 3/19/2020 and have been deemed to play a critical role necessary to sustain life, we will continue to practice social distancing with video and/or phone conferencing to meet with our clients rather than face-to-face meetings, as well as car-side signings.

We are open for business and are here to provide you with the same service as always.

We know this is a sensitive and uncertain time, especially for our elderly clients. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help. If you have any questions on estate planning at any age, long-term care planning, Medicaid, guardianships, estate issues, special needs, or any question on how to improve the quality of life of a senior, please reach out.

We can be reached at (570) 784-5211 or through email at [email protected].

Elder Abuse and Neglect Is a Growing Problem

| Jun 2, 2015 | Elder Law

Pennsylvania Elder Law Attorney

Elder law attorneys strive to help families create the estate plans, power of attorney tools, and other end of life care options they will need for elderly family members to spend their golden years with ease of mind and in comfort. When elderly individuals are abused, neglected, or exploited by the very caregivers in whom they trust, these plans for a comfortable, safe, and contented retirement can easily be shattered.

How big is the problem of elder abuse in the United States? According to the National Council on Elder Abuse, it’s hard to know for sure. The 2010 Census identified 40 million people age 65 or older currently residing in the United States. Tens of thousands of these individuals receive some sort of assistance with daily life, whether it’s from family members, a home health care aide, or while living in an assisted living or nursing home setting.

Yet when abuse, neglect, or injury does occur, elderly individuals are often afraid to report it. One study of elderly nursing home residents in New York estimated that for every case of abuse or neglect that was brought to the attention of authorities, 14 to 24 cases went unreported. Another study found that 7 to 10 percent of elderly individuals surveyed could describe instances of abuse or neglect they had suffered from caregivers in the previous year.

Elder law attorneys can do much to help prevent abuse, neglect, or exploitation before it begins. Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney at Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC in Columbia County for help in the many areas of law that affect the lives of older people.