Report: California Ranks Near Bottom in Elder Abuse Protection

Elder Abuse Protection

The population of the United States is aging rapidly.  As of now, there are more than 43 million people living across the country who are at least 65 years old.  That number is expected to skyrocket to more than 83 million people by the year 2050.  This is largely due to the Baby Boomer generation moving into its collective Golden Years, although there are other factors in play.  This is a troubling trend.  That’s because it seems that we are just beginning to understand the scope of the problem that is elder abuse.  Elder abuse affects millions of people every year.  Sadly, we are not sure how many.  Given this lack of knowledge, it should not come as a surprise that elder abuse protection lags in certain respects.  A company has recently released the results of an elder abuse protection survey.  The results are below.

About the Elder Abuse Protection Survey

WalletHub.com is an online consultant that helps people manage their finances.  Clearly, one aspect of finances that everyone must plan for is our years when we are older.  WalletHub.com recently released its study that compared the 50 states in the country and the District of Columbia to each other in terms of the amount of elder abuse protection that’s in place.  The company did so by making use of the following methodology:

Prevalence – Researchers divided the number of elder abuse, gross neglect and exploitation complaints by the number of residents of a state who were 65 or older.  Up to 40 points were assigned to a state based on prevalence.

Resources – The researchers assigned up to 30 points on the following:

  • Total expenditures on elder abuse protection per state resident 65 or older
  • Total expenditures on legal assistance development per older resident of the state
  • Funding, on a per-resident basis, on an ombudsman program in the state for those 65 and older

Protection –  Researchers assigned up to 30 points based on the following factors:

  • Financial elder abuse laws
  • Eldercare organizations and services
  • Presence of elder abuse forensic centers
  • Number of certified volunteer ombudsman
  • Frequency of assisted living center inspections
  • Quality of nursing homes

The numerical values associated with each factor were computed for a total score.  Researchers then ranked the states and the District of Columbia.

Top 10 Jurisdictions for Elder Abuse Protection

Based on the methodology above, the jurisdictions with the best levels of elder abuse protection include:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Nevada
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Missouri
  6. Tennessee
  7. Iowa
  8. Louisiana
  9. Vermont
  10. Hawaii

Based on the criteria used to formulate these rankings, seniors in the above jurisdictions are generally more protected than others across the United States.

Bottom 10 Jurisdictions for Elder Abuse Prevention

The results were not positive for several jurisdictions where elder abuse appears to be a bigger problem relative to other parts of the country.  Below are the 10 worst jurisdictions for elder abuse protection, from 10th worst to worst:

  1. Alabama
  2. Kentucky
  3. Idaho
  4. North Dakota
  5. New Jersey
  6. South Dakota
  7. Rhode Island
  8. California
  9. Wyoming
  10. South Carolina

Therefore, the survey reveals that according to these criteria, South Carolina is the jurisdiction in the United States with the least amount of elder abuse protection present.  This is troubling because South Carolina is one of the most popular states in the country in which to live and retire.  Those interested in reading the entire study can find it here.

California’s Poor Elder Abuse Protection Rankings

Only two places in the United States offer less elder abuse protection than California.  This is a result that is likely nothing short of shocking for many people for several reasons.  Millions of retirees live in California given its warm climate and other advantages present.  However, when one breaks down the scores assigned to California in this study, the results become a bit more confusing, as the state scored low in two areas and high in another.

The research reveals that California ranks tied for last in prevalence.  This means that a lot of elder abuse complaints are filed involving people who are 65 years old or older.  The state ranks 42nd out of 51 jurisdictions in terms of resources.  As such, the researchers found that only 9 jurisdictions invest less money on a per-resident basis on elder abuse protection.  Finally, and strangely, California ranks 7th in the United States with regards to protection.  Only 6 jurisdictions have more laws, higher-quality nursing homes, and more frequent assisted living center inspections, etc., than California.

San Diego Elder Abuse – Whom to Contact

If you suspect that a loved one is being mistreated by a relative, friend or professional care provider, you need to act on those instincts and make sure that you report the situation to the authorities.  Below you’ll find some information regarding where to turn for help:

People who encounter emergency situations should contact local law enforcement for immediate help.

How San Diego Elder Abuse Lawyers Can Help

If you believe that someone is suffering through elder abuse, the first thing you need to do is bring about an end to that abuse.  Once his or her safety is restored, you should consider exploring other legal options.  If you need further explanation of those options, you should speak to professionals who dedicate their professional time towards holding those responsible for this terrible conduct accountable.  Contact the San Diego elder abuse lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation.

 

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