Even though elder abuse is a growing problem, it doesn’t mean that your loved one needs to be at risk. You can be proactive in creating a home environment that is safe from preventable threats. Here are a few tips that might help reduce the risk of elder abuse:
- Home Security System: Technology has made it possible for the person’s home to be monitored at all times. If you would like to keep an eye on the activities that are happening in the home throughout the day, a security system is a good choice. Not only will you be able to see the activity, but visible cameras should help deter abusive behavior of caregivers and others in the home.
- Locked Valuables: There’s no reason to leave temptation in plain sight. Anything of value should be locked away to prevent the risk of theft. It’s smart to lock up jewelry, money, bank cards, and identification. Also, make sure that account numbers, bank statements, and paperwork with sensitive financial information are stored
- Tracking Systems: Additionally, systems should be put in place to track the use of medication and other controlled substances. These systems reduce the risk that a few pills will go missing from the medicine cabinet.
Unfortunately, the perpetrators of elder abuse are often caregivers, family members, and friends. People who are near the victim have many opportunities to take advantage. Even if you think that everyone can be trusted, it’s smart to be proactive with security in the home.
What questions do you have about improving security in the home? If you want to reduce the risk of elder abuse, now is the best time to get started. Our goal is to help your loved one stay safe. Contact us any time if you need additional information about prevention as well as options for reporting possible abuse. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org 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.