Let us say, for the sake of discussion, that I am an adult caregiver for an elderly parent. Let's also say that I am temporarily living at the home of my elder parent--because he, or she, needs more careful monitoring, these days.
If I wish to leave my elderly parent alone for a couple of hours--and he, or she, has a home electronic emergency response system, which the elder parent has used before and is familiar with--what is my liability....as caregiver/adult child if the elder parent:
falls off a safe couch where he is placed before I've left; but hurts himself, becomes diabled, or is knocked unconscious, etc?
or, God forbid, dies of a heart attack or stroke for example?
What is my liability, if any, if I wasn't there for those several hours to help--if my mother or father did not have the wherewithal to call for help, with his, or her, emergency response system?
What is my liability, even if he, or she DOES use the emergency system?
Can the police, ambulance drivers, medics, or firemen charge me with liability if I'm not there?
If I'm gone for a few hours, at a time, I can't always find a homecare assistant for such stop-gap measures. And what do I do, if I am charged with a crime of negligence, falsely and erroneously--because the first responders (including the police), in the town, do not know the law....and before the charges are dropped, days or weeks later, our family's reputation is smeared in the local papers?
This does happen!!
Any comments, on these matters, would be most appreciated.