How to Prevent Elder Abuse
Entrusting someone to care for our elderly loved ones is as stressful as finding the perfect babysitter for our newborns. We want to know that they are cared for as if we were doing it ourselves. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is misplaced, and elder abuse occurs. June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and LTC Consumer is working hard all year, to help people recognize the signs and ensure their elderly loved ones are cared for properly.
Types of Elder Abuse
There are six types of elder abuse to be aware of:
According to the White House briefing room, “Every year, one in ten Americans aged 60 and older experiences abuse — and for every case of elder abuse that comes to the attention of authorities, it is estimated that 23 cases are never brought to light.”
How to Prevent or Stop Elder Abuse
So what can you do? Pay attention to bruises, changes in attitude, or wanting to be more isolated. Double check bank statements and check in on days when caregiving occurs. Listen if they share and investigate any accusations thoroughly.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is neglect and abandonment. Check in with your neighbors, and make sure they are getting the proper care they need. My aunt works at a hair salon frequented by elderly women on an almost weekly basis. She always makes sure to check in with them, ask about their friends, and if anyone needs anything she steps in as a resource. I joke that she’s the little old lady guardian angel. Often times she’s the only person helping them.
If you do suspect or spot signs of elder abuse, notify supervisors at facilities, doctors, and local authorities immediately. State laws vary, but in most there are fines and jail sentences. These offenses are taken very seriously, as they should be.
“Every year, one in ten Americans aged 60 and older experiences abuse — and for every case of elder abuse that comes to the attention of authorities, it is estimated that 23 cases are never brought to light.”
Prepare for your own care
At LTC Consumer we believe you and your elderly loved ones deserve the best care available. We work with only the top carriers and recommend plans that will lessen risk for such abuse. If long term care insurance is part of your retirement plan, request a quote today, and protect what’s most important in your later years.