Seniors are often at high risk for abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, many of these cases go unnoticed and unreported. As these problems are increasing, it’s more important than ever for families to take a proactive approach in protecting their loved ones.
If you are a family member caring for a loved one, rest assured that you aren’t alone. A variety of elder abuse prevention resources are available, giving you access to the support and guidance needed to maintain a safe, healthy home.
Local, State, and National Resources
You can find a variety of information online about elder abuse prevention. Look for resources that are close to home, offered through your city or local organizations. Often, states have abuse prevention resources. There are also nation-wide groups that can provide the resources you need.
Here are a few options you might consider:
- Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect: This resource is offered through the University of California, Irvine. The link includes California state and national resources, as well as printable handouts that can be helpful for families to use.
- National Center on Elder Abuse: This national resource provides educational resources and works to develop policies for protecting the vulnerable seniors in our communities.
- San Diego County Aging & Independence Services: If you are in San Diego, check out the resources offered for elder abuse prevention and other services available in the local area.
- City of San Diego: Any form of abuse or neglect should be reported to the local police department. The SDPD will investigate the situation and implement steps to prosecute the perpetrator and protect the victim.
Protecting Your Loved Ones
It’s important to note that no family is immune from the risks of elder abuse and neglect. Even if you think your loved one is safe, you should always take a proactive approach in reducing the risk of abuse.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.