The City of Bellevue provides quite a few services for senior citizens and elderly residents of the city. In addition, Bellevue TV, Channel 21, spotlights Elder Abuse every Tuesday with a program that airs 12:00pm, 4pm and 8pm.
June 15th is the 4th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and it sponsored by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. The INPEA recognizes elder abuse as a “public health and human rights issue.”
Elder abuse and nursing home neglect can take many forms but it is often seen in the form of neglect, financial exploitation and emotional abuse. Often the abuse is committed by someone close to the victim including family members, care givers, nursing home staff or a person in a position of trust.
Warning signs of elder abuse and neglect can take many forms but can include:
- unexplained physical injuries
- frequent bladder infections
- falls or frequent “accidents”
- deteriorating health and hygiene
- bedsores or decubitus ulcers
- change in emotional state
If you believe a elderly friend, neighbor or someone you know is being abused, call the State Protective Services hot line at 1-866-END-HARM or call the police at 9-1-1 and ask them to perform a “Welfare Check.” Police officers are trained to detect elder abuse.
The City of Bellevue also has a Aging Services department; They can be reached at 425-452-4200 or see their web-site at http://www.bellevuewa.gov/north_bellevue_community_center_programs.htm. Or, for Senior Information and assistance in King Count call 1-888-435-3377 or www.seniorservices.org and non-profit organization service older adults and seniors.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with offices in Seattle and Bellevue and we specialize in representing the victims of elder abuse, including nursing home residents, and their families.
Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 for a free and confidential case evaluation. We represent our clients on a contingent fee basis. This means that you pay nothing unless we obtain a settlement for you.
For more information, see our Nursing Home & Elder Abuse Resources.