Thanks to advancements in medical technology and improvements in quality of life, people are living longer. Although it affords us more time with loved ones, it also comes with its own set of problems.
When seniors age, they sometimes require more specialized care that can only be provided in nursing homes or by qualified care providers. The need can be due to a loss of mental faculties or physical ailments that make living alone untenable.
A common option for elderly citizens in the United States is to move into an assisted living facility or nursing home. While this is often a way for physically or mentally limited seniors to receive the specialized care they need, it also puts them at risk of elder abuse.
Elder abuse is becoming an increasingly rampant criminal problem. Unless something is done, experts predict the problem will only become worse as the elderly population grows.
Victims of elder abuse and their families are now looking for ways to combat the problem, including filing lawsuits against nursing homes and offending parties.