Abuse & Neglect by Home Healthcare Aides
Los Angeles Elder Abuse Lawyer
Has someone you love been mistreated, abused or neglected by a home healthcare aide? If so, a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group may be able to help. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Not all elder abuse or neglect occurs in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Sometimes it may occur under our own roofs by home healthcare aides. A home health aide or personal aide may assist an elderly person who is having trouble caring for him or herself but wishes to remain at home. For elderly persons that are not in nursing homes or other similar facilities, this service may be invaluable. An aide will typically be able to provide more care than family or friends can provide on their own, in the comfort of one's own home. A home healthcare aide may perform a number of services for an elderly person, including:
- Household chores
- Grocery shopping
- Meal preparation
- Bathing and dressing
- Running errands, such as taking the person to the doctor
- Assistance with medication
- Basic health-related services, including monitoring the patient
- Possible assistance with medical equipment, such as ventilators
- Reporting of changes in medical condition to a supervising nurse or other professional
Home Health Aides Should Provide Proper Care
Specific duties of a home health aide may vary depending on the patient's needs. However, in any care that an aide provides, he or she should treat the elderly person with dignity and respect, in addition to a proper level of care. If an aide is negligent in any way or is abusive, this may result in serious emotional and physical injuries to the patient and may be grounds for a civil lawsuit. If a home healthcare aid provided negligent care or was abusive, contact a Los Angeles elder abuse attorney at our firm to discuss your legal options.