posted on May 2, 2019
The decision to place a loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home is a difficult, emotional decision that families hope they never have to make. In some situations, the family may have the option to enroll a loved one in an adult day care facility. However, family members need to take the same care in choosing an adult day care facility as they would with a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Several different types of elder abuse can occur at adult day care centers. Those types of abuse include slapping, punching, pushing, pinching, scratching, name-calling (or humiliation), yelling (or intimidation), engaging in non-consensual sexual contact, forcing isolation from the rest of the group and neglecting to tend to a patient’s basic needs. If your loved one suffered harm due to this type of misconduct, you should contact an adult daycare neglect attorney immediately.
If you suspect that your loved one has been harmed in such a facility, get help from Marks & Harrison without delay. As one of the oldest and largest personal injury law firms in Virginia, we have the resources it takes to protect your loved one and pursue all compensation that you deserve. Call or reach us online today to schedule a free consultation through our office in Richmond or any one of our nine other offices located throughout the state.
The purpose of an adult day care center is to provide care as well as companionship for adults who need supervision or assistance during the day. An adult day care can also help encourage socialization and improve self-esteem. This kind of program provides relief for caregivers or family members who need to attend to other matters during the day such as going to work. The ultimate goal is to keep relatives from being institutionalized while providing an alternative for care.
Two main types of adult day care facilities can be found in Virginia: Ones that focuses primarily on providing health care services, and ones that provide social services such as meals, recreation and social activities. Services that Virginia adult day care centers typically offer include:
Unfortunately, an elderly patient can face a variety of different types of abuse in an adult day care facility. The risks are often the same as what they would face in a nursing home or assisted living facility. If you enroll your loved one in an adult day care facility, you should be aware of these types of abuse, including:
You should watch for potential signs of abuse and neglect in your family members who are enrolled in an adult day care facility. Many victims cannot convey that they are being abused. You should look for signs that include:
If you suspect that your loved one was or is being neglected or abused in an adult day care facility, you need to report it. In the event of an emergency, call the police first. If your family member is in imminent danger, you should call 911 with the information and location of the adult day care facility. Next, you need to report it to the proper authorities, which includes your local Department of Social Services or Adult Protective Services in Virginia (APS), which offers protective services to defend and safeguard adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation. You can report suspected abuse to APS 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you believe that your loved one is a victim of elder abuse or neglect, he or she may be entitled to compensation, including medical expenses, future medical costs, pain and suffering and potentially punitive damages. Insurance companies for an adult day care won’t just hand over a check. So, you need a Virginia adult day care neglect attorney on your side who will fight for the compensation your family member deserves. Contact our skilled team of adult day care neglect attorneys at Marks & Harrison today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about your rights and options.
Ryan T. Walker joined Marks & Harrison in 2014 after working for GEICO on the defense side of personal injury cases. A graduate of Virginia Military Institute and the Florida State University College of Law, Ryan has practiced exclusively in the area of civil litigation throughout his legal career, with an emphasis on personal injury law. He has vast experience in automobile accident litigation. In addition to being licensed to practice in all of Virginia’s state courts, Ryan is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.