Crestline, CA asked in Criminal Law and Nursing Home Abuse for California

Q: Are these questions considered coaching?

I had concerns about one my previous caregivers and asked my mentally disabled elderly client questions. One of my questions was "Has the caregiver ever made you feel uncomfortable in the shower?". The client answered yes and said the caregiver was messing with her "down there" pointing to her vaginal area. I told the current caregiver to make a police report and told her not to ask the client any more questions. The officer who came out questioned the client and was not going to file a report. He told the client the caregiver was just trying to help her by washing her. I then asked the client "What is the difference between washing and inappropriate touching?" The client told me one was with the wash cloth and the other is with fingers. She said she told the officer that, but he doesn't believe me. The officer then said I was coaching the client by asking those questions. I routinely ask these questions about financial, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Were my questions coaching?

1 Lawyer Answer
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed

in my opinion that was not coaching but rather concern for the well being of someone that may not be able to take care of themselves

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