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Every state within our great country has elder abuse laws both on a state and a federal level. The federal government understands that the elderly people being cared for whether it is in a personal residence, nursing home or assisted living environment require special legal support and help. In some cases the elderly are unable to speak on their own behalf, but in every case they are unable to care for themselves. This puts each of our elderly in a very vulnerable state and at the mercy of others whom may choose to do them harm. The legal system is set up to protect our elderly in a manner similar to the way they protect children and in some areas you will find an agency called adult protective services. Adult protective services have many resources and can help with different levels and types of abuse on our elderly, they may also be a good source to request from for a listing of elderly care facilities in the area which seem to be really good, safe and sufficient for your loved ones type of care needs. Even when you have done everything you could to ensure your family member is with a good facility, an issue still may arise. This is when you will want to contact an elder abuse lawyer for details and assistance in protecting your loved one.