Many people find it inconceivable that someone would take advantage of an innocent senior. Unfortunately, these problems occur worldwide. Families and caregivers need to be proactive in looking for ways to protect their loved ones.
Even if you think the person is safe, there are many situations that could do them harm. You can’t be available 24/7 to protect them. But there are things that you can do to prevent abuse, starting with awareness.
Common Types of Elder Abuse
When a person is no longer able to care for themselves, they are at the mercy of those offering support. If elder abuse is occurring, it is usually one of these types:
“Good” family members and caregivers should be on the lookout for these signs of abuse. The challenge is, oftentimes it is “bad” family members or caregivers who are doling out the abuse.
Signs of Physical Abuse
Whether the person is in a retirement community or under in-home care, physical abuse can occur. These are a few signs to watch for:
- Excessive bruising
- Unexplained bedsores
- Poor nutrition
- Changes in the individual’s personality
- Lack of bathing
Whether you are stopping by for a short visit or helping with the care of the individual, you need to be watchful for these signs. If you notice signs of physical abuse, it’s critical that you take swift action.
Even if you engage a professional caregiving staff, it is essential to have family visit regularly. A family representative should frequently monitor the situation. Stay alert and maintain frequent contact with the senior. If you suspect that something is wrong, don’t hesitate to file a report or contact law enforcement if necessary.
Do you have questions about identifying or preventing elder abuse? We are happy to answer your questions and help with anything that you need. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or phone 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.