In California, Elder Isolation is outlined in Penal Code 15610.43 as a form of Elder Abuse. It includes the intentional prevention of an elder age 65 or older from receiving mail, phone calls or contact with visitors. Elder Isolation is classified as both criminal and civil. California law includes elder isolation under the heading of elder abuse.
In cases where an elder is at risk of immediate harm, CALL 911!
A U.S. Census Bureau report indicated that in 2010, 11 million elders lived alone. While living alone does not independently define an elder as a victim of Elder Isolation, it is a well-established factor that contributes to this form of elder abuse.
Elder Isolation is linked to a variety of complications including depression, high blood pressure, vulnerability, cognitive decline, dementia, unhealthy behavior, and long-term illness. Likewise, each of these complications includes another list of problems associated with them. For example, depression can lead to an increase in stress, poor eating and sleeping habits, cardiovascular issues, loss of physical stamina, decrease in muscle mass, and loss of bone density.
If you think that someone close to you is a victim of Elder Isolation, please call Frank P. Barbaro & Associates at 714-835-2122 for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys have represented victims of Elder Abuse since 1970. A lawsuit against a negligent party will help to improve the quality of life for a loved one or someone you care about.