What can be done regarding elderly neglect?

My father is 79 with severe dementia; his wife is his caretaker. For the last 5 months he has not been bathed, his diaper is only changed a few times a day, as well as the entire house smells of human waste. She is always on the couch watching TV. He gets no exercise and as a diabetic he has an improper diet. Social Services has come in and is aware of the entire situation, including his violence. I would like to know what can be done.

Asked on December 10, 2018 under Personal Injury, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Other than reporting to the appropriate govenment agency(ies), there really is nothing you can effectively do.  You say that you have contacted social services--by that, do you mean that you have contacted Adult Protective Services? If you haven't contact them yet, do so: http://dhr.maryland.gov/office-of-adult-services/adult-protective-services/


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