If you are worried about someone in your life suffering from elder abuse, there are many things you can do to help the elderly individual stay protected from abuse.
First, it is important to listen to elderly individuals and their caregivers. Keeping open lines of communication will help you become aware of a problem before it is too late.
Another way to help protect elders from abuse is to educate others, especially other family members or caregivers, on how to recognize elder abuse and how and when to report it.
Finally, you can help by intervening once you become aware of such abuse occurring to an elderly person in your life.
How to Help Prevent Elder Abuse as a Caregiver
As a caregiver, you are in a unique position with the elderly person, as you are typically involved in their day-to-day life.
In order to help prevent an occurrence of elder abuse, it is important to take steps to relieve your own stress and burnout and to seek help for depression if you start to notice signs of depression in yourself.
You should also consider joining a support group for caretakers of the elderly, as it may help you find ways to cope with issues you are experiencing that other caretakers may be experiencing as well.
You may also want to consider requesting help from other relatives whenever you notice you are in need of a break.
How to Prevent Elder Abuse as a Family Member
As a family member of an elderly person, it is important to call and visit your loved one frequently. With frequent contact, you will be more likely to notice any signs of abuse.
You can also check your elder family member’s medications to make sure they are taking the medication as directed.
Finally, depending on your relationship, you might want to request to view their financial statements to make sure there are no strange withdrawals that could be a sign of financial abuse.
Have you or a loved one been abused?
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