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New Abuse Laws are Embraced by Home Care in San Marcos

Home Care in San Marcos Will Benefit from Changes to California Law

Professionals in home care in San Marcos are excited about several pieces of legislation at various stages in the California state government. The new laws address elder abuse, clarifying some currently unclear definitions and requiring certain professionals to report suspicion of elder abuse to government agencies that can investigate further. The new rules should make it harder for criminals to commit acts of financial, physical, and emotional abuse, and make it easier for seniors to receive justice if such acts do occur.

Who Abuses Seniors?

No one enjoys talking about elder abuse. We would much rather believe that as a society, we all aim to work together to protect our seniors. However, the numbers strongly suggest that there are quite a few among us who are willing to deceive, cheat, and even hurt seniors to get what they want. Tragically, the numbers also force us to confront the fact that family members are quite frequently responsible for abuse. It is up to us to make sure that family members who might be tempted to take advantages of seniors’ finances don’t have the opportunity to do so.

Protecting Seniors from Abuse

The new laws in California are only the starting point for protecting our seniors from abuse. The people that provide primary care for seniors are the first “line of defense.” If there are people in a senior’s life who might be tempted to steal money from them—distant relatives with shady histories; adult children with expensive, destructive habits; new friends that mysteriously appeared out of nowhere, for example—a caregiver should gently but firmly put protections in place. Access to bank accounts, credit cards, and power of attorney are key points to give close attention to.

Home Care in San Diego County—A Partner in Abuse Prevention

Most abusers of seniors count on finding an easy target. They might be able to talk their way around an elderly person with declining mental sharpness, but it is a different story to confront a family member or a qualified professional in home care. In San Diego County, a trusted caregiver may be just the partner you need to help your loved one stay safe and financially secure.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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