Numerous people in New Jersey and other states reside in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. They depend on the medical staff employed by these facilities to take care of them. The problem is, too many residents fall victim to abuse and neglect. This very issue was recently discussed in a federal hearing. It is undoubtedly an elder law issue that needs addressing at both the federal and state levels.
Those in New Jersey and around the world who grew up reading Marvel comics and watching the blockbuster movies based on those characters are likely familiar with the creator of that world, Stan Lee. Lee built an empire around Iron Man, Doctor Doom, Black Panther and other superheroes and villains. When he died in 2018 at the age of 95, his estate was worth over $50 million. However, recent media reports say that one of Lee's closest advisors may have violated elder law by committing financial abuse against the comic book legend.
Any parent who has a good relationship with his or her children wants to believe that the children will have his or her best interests in mind when age or illness sets in and decisions need to be made regarding medical care and asset control. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Without taking the rights steps to protect oneself and one's assets, it is possible to lose everything. New Jersey residents can avoid a lot of pain, heartache and financial stress by speaking to an elder law attorney about how to properly protect themselves and their property.
Elderly individuals in New Jersey and across the country are often victims of financial abuse. While many want to believe that scam artists are fully behind this, the sad reality is sometimes family members and friends may take advantage of elderly individuals too. An elder law attorney may be able to help those who feel that their loved ones are being financially abused.
Tim Conway is known for the various roles he has played on television since the 1960's. Now, at 84 years old, he is battling dementia and requires skilled nursing care 24 hours a day -- which he is currently receiving at what his daughter calls an excellent facility. His wife, on the other hand, wants him moved to another care center. Who will get their way? This kind of situation is often seen by elder law attorneys in New Jersey and elsewhere.
Watching a parent, grandparent or other loved one advance in age or experience health issues is difficult. No one wants to see it happen, yet it happens to everyone. When people are going through it themselves, they may put off seeking out caregiving services as they want to maintain their independence. Sometimes it takes someone else stepping up an saying caregiving support is needed. New Jersey residents can learn to recognize the signs that care support is needed and help their loved ones get the assistance they need and set up the elder law protections they require.
A former employee of Millennium Memory Care located in Holmdel has been arrested and charged with elder abuse. When New Jersey residents place their loved ones in care facilities, they should be able to do so knowing that they will be taken care of, not hurt by those placed over their care. Unfortunately, that did not happen in this case. An elder law attorney can help the victim and her family seek compensation for their losses.
Setting up powers of attorney is part of a good estate plan. Knowing that one has one or more people assigned to handle health care and financial affairs in the event that one no longer can for him or herself due to age or infirmity can grant great peace of mind. When it comes down to it, though, there are POA agents who may try to overstep and abuse the power entrusted to them. New Jersey residents who believe this is happening to their loved ones may turn to an elder law attorney for help.
No one wants to think that they will suffer some major medical event that will result in their incapacitation. No one wants to think about how age or illness could cause serious physical decline down the road. These things happen, though, to most people. New Jersey residents can help themselves and their loved ones by being prepared for what may come. An experienced elder law attorney can help with that.
When placing a loved on in a nursing home or other type of care facility, one wants to believe that staff members will do their best to care for him or her. In many instances, that does occur. However, a recent report about the overuse of antipsychotic drugs in such facilities was just released and the findings are quite disturbing. Those in New Jersey who believe that their family members in care facilities are being inappropriately drugged may turn to an elder law attorney for help.