Elder and nursing home abuse prevention and awareness are vital in stopping the elderly and disabled from being taken advantage of or neglected. As elder abuse lawyers, we try to increase knowledge and provide prevention tips and warning signs to help keep your loved ones from falling victim to abuse. It is always rewarding to read about an individual or organization that is actively helping the fight against elder abuse.
Anonymous Donation Buys 200 Hearing Devices for Elder Abuse Advocate Group
The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance will be distributing personal amplification devices in order to help law enforcement and emergency personnel communicate more efficiently with hearing-impaired individuals. Thanks to an anonymous donation, the alliance will be purchasing 200 SuperEar 4000 amplification devices, which cost about $40 each. The devices are portable, battery operated, and consist of a headset, which the elderly person wears, and a small microphone that is held. They will be distributed free to all county police departments, state police barracks, hospital emergency rooms, Advanced Life Support services, the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services Protective Services Unit, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, district attorney’s office, victim advocate and victim witness coordinator.
According to Carolyn Tenaglia, a member of the alliance, these devices are going to be a big help for officials to communicate with the hearing impaired in crisis situations. Gaining detailed and accurate information from victims of elder abuse is very important and when the victim is hearing impaired, this can be a challenge. Hopefully these devices will help the process. Tenaglia further explains,
“They are easily kept in a police car, easy to use, don’t take up a lot of space, and you simply replace the small battery when you need too. We try to educate the community about elder abuse, try to help law enforcement so they can more successfully prosecute people who are committing the crime of elder abuse.”
Elder Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, we encourage you to visit frequently and be very observant of any scratches, bruises, or anything that does not look right. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate and would like to speak to an elder abuse lawyer, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.