It’s that time of year when people seeks ways to improve their lives. Are you setting New Year’s goals to protect your family and strengthen relationships?  If so, don’t overlook the importance of watching out for the older adults that you love.
A few small steps can go a long way in reducing the risk of elder abuse. Here are a few resolutions that might help with these efforts:

Have Regular Conversations

Open communication with the family member is essential. It can help you detect potential problems that might be occurring. Even though life gets busy, you should make it a point to reach out to have a conversation.

Visit Their Home

If you are close enough for regular visits, an in-person conversation can be more effective than talking over the phone. You can see the cleanliness and quality of their living conditions. You can identify any possible physical signs of abuse. Stay aware of the conditions, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if anything changes.

Watch the Financial Transactions

Eventually, a time will come when the family member needs assistance paying bills and balancing the checkbook. As you assist with these tasks, keep an eye on the transaction history. Note if anything looks out of place. Financial abuse could show up in the form of large withdrawals, or small recurring payments that add up over time.

Enlist the Help of Family Members

You don’t need to carry the burden alone. Talk to family members. Help them understand the signs of abuse. People can see situations differently, increasing the likelihood that warning signs will be identified early.
If you need help with the prevention of elder abuse,  we are here to offer the assistance that you need. Email or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.