Susan B. Geffen has been looking out for the elderly for over 25 years as an elder law attorney, gerontologist, and former law professor. She is the author of the book, “Take That Nursing Home and Shove It!”

Ms. Geffen is committed to fighting for the rights and dignity of the elderly, who are no longer able to protect themselves from being abused.

It is estimated that over 3.2 million adults are living in nursing homes and other facilities for long term care.

Many of these, estimated around 40 percent will need to go into a nursing home at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, many of these people will encounter some form of abuse or another. These abuses can be difficult to detect, as only one in five cases are reported. Surprisingly, three fourths of the cases are perpetrated by the very people who are supposed to be caring for them. Recently a congressional report concluded a study over a two year period showing that nearly one in three nursing homes were cited for violations that had the potential to cause harm. Almost ten percent actually have violations that caused actual harm or serious injury or death. Due to reports like these, legislatures in all 50 states have passed anti elder-abuse laws but nursing home abuse continues to occur. What are the most common types of nursing home abuses?

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse includes, hitting, pushing, shoving, shaking, striking, slapping, kicking, pinching and burning. Look for signs of bruising which are oen caused by belts, buckles or electrical cords) abrasions, burns or fractures. If you see any signs of injury out of the ordinary you should be concerned.

Sexual Abuse

Surprisingly, this is very common. The most common signs are genital or anal infection, discomfort walking or sitting, or bilateral bruising of inner thighs. You may also notice changes in behavior, like fear or anger.

Psychological Abuse

It can be difficult to detect, but you should look for signs like changes in mood, agitation and fear.

Neglect

A common form of neglect is failure of a caregiver to provide adequate care. This may include not providing medicines, allowing for poor hygiene, inadequate food and not providing for personal safety.

Common signs of neglect include:

  • Bed sores
  • Rashes
  • Untreated injuries or medical problems.
  • Poor hygiene
  • Hunger Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Pallor or sunken cheeks or eyes
  • Or lack of clean clothing or bedding

If you suspect elder abuse in a nursing home, an assisted living, or at a home, contact the Law Offices of Susan B. Geffen.

Medi-Cal Planning & Asset Protection

The Law offices of Susan B Geffen can guide you through the complicated process of applying for Medi-Cal. We regularly work with families that are concerned about the high cost of caring for an elderly relative and wishing to avoid Medi-Cal recovery from the estate.

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Estate Planning (Living Trusts, Wills)

The Law offices of Susan B Geffen has helped hundred of families protect the assets they have worked a lifetime to acquire. We can help make sure your home and other property is properly distributed to your heirs and avoids probate. This also helps avoid family infighting over inheritance distributions.

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Probate

The Law Offices of Susan B. Geffen can help you with probate in Los Angeles and South Bay Area. Probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under a will.

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Conservatorships

Susan B Geffen Law Offices can also help with a conservatorship if the circumstances call for it. A Conservatorship is created when the Court appoints a Conservator to protect the proposed Conservatee from serious health problems and/or from undue influence in financial matters. Conservatorships are often created due to an elderly person suffering from Alzheimer's or a stroke.

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Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Susan B. Geffen has been looking out for the elderly for over 25 years as an elder law attorney, gerontologist, and former law professor. She is the author of the book, “Take That Nursing Home and Shove It!”

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Trust Litigation

Susan B. Geffen has been looking out for the elderly for over 25 years as an elder law attorney, gerontologist, and former law professor. She is the author of the book, “Take That Nursing Home and Shove It!”

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Special Needs Trust Planning

Susan B. Geffen has been looking out for the elderly for over 25 years as an elder law attorney, gerontologist, and former law professor. She is the author of the book, “Take That Nursing Home and Shove It!”

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Nursing Home Abuse- Susan Geffen saved my life! An elderly relative was the victim of lottery fraud and was acting as the neighborhood ATM, in total over $200,000. Her legal expertise, compassion, and expertise in geriatrics guided the family through a successful process of care management and understanding. At all times the victim and the family trusted Susan and received compassionate support. Her referrals to other professionals were stellar and her reputation among her peers is impeccable. I recommend her without qualification.

Irene Z., Newport Beach, CA

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