As people age, they often become dependent on others for care and assistance with daily living tasks. The health challenges that are often associated with aging, can reduce mobility and memory, and make daily living difficult without outside help. One concern as this occurs, is that as seniors become more and more dependent, it becomes easier for others to take advantage of them.
Older adults can become a victim of many types of elder abuse, including:
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Emotional abuse
Here are a few ways to prevent abuse in seniors.
Keep your seniors active – Seniors who are isolated are at a higher risk of becoming a victim of abuse. Make sure your loved one stays socially engaged and connected with others. Encourage them to be active by participating in different social activities and staying in touch with people in the neighborhood.
Check in regularly – If your senior family member lives alone, make sure to check in regularly through visits, phone calls, etc. Stay alert for any warning signs that may indicate senior abuse. In addition, talk to your loved one and find out if there is anything that is bothering them.
Get extra help when need – Seniors may find it difficult to manage and look after their finances. This can be both physically and mentally exhausting. If you live far away and cannot be around often, look for someone trustworthy who may be able to help with this responsibility. Ideally this help would come from a reliable family member or friend. Sometimes a senior care provider can also assist with these responsibilities. If you go that route, make sure the provider is trustworthy and has been screened appropriately. This can help prevent any others from taking advantage of your loved one when no one is around.
You can also consider hiring an experienced in-home care provider for your senior loved one.
If you feel like you are in need of an experienced, screened, certified, and trained in-home care provider for your senior loved one, call Honor Care in-home care providers in Tacoma, WA. Our caregivers can look after your senior family member’s safety and encourage them to maintain an active social life.
For more information, call 253-655-7253.