Providing the professional care that enables older adults to continue being healthy, independent, and happy is the goal of not only our professional senior care experts, but of all family caregivers who have ever helped care for an aging loved one. Considering the quality of life of older individuals is so important to us, it’s vital that we go over something that can be really difficult for many of us to even take into consideration – elder care abuse.
The CDC estimates that about 500,000 older adults are neglected or abused every year in the U.S. And, many more elder abuse instances are presumed to go unreported each year, which is why it’s imperative for family members to be familiar with potential abuse risks.
Following are some of the risk factors connected with elder abuse:
- Dependency on others: Seniors who need others for care are unlikely to speak up about abuse because they may feel vulnerable or that their care needs will not be able to be met by others if the abuser is reported.
- Diminished physical health and mobility: Dementia, Alzheimer’s or other disabilities may increase an older adult’s chance of being abused since the senior may be incapable of conveying or verbalizing the abuse.
- History of abuse: If the older person was abusive as a parent, there is an increased chance of elder abuse, specifically if an adult child who was abused by the older person is the main care provider.
- Social isolation: Social isolation typically results when a senior loses his or her spouse or lives far away from family and friends, and it can set up the perfect environment for elder abuse. Abusers quite often try to keep older adults isolated by:
- Refusing to procure economic aid or services
- Resisting outside help
- Switching health care and social providers routinely to make it challenging to evaluate the senior’s health status
- Controlling contact with the senior
- Family caregiver burnout or stress: Overwhelmed caregivers can become frustrated, leading them to lash out at the seniors in their care.
If a loved one is being cared for by a friend, family member, or other caregiver, be mindful of these risk factors, call or visit as often as possible to appraise the senior’s health, and play an active role in his / her care.
At Live Well at Home, we recognize how important a senior loved one’s safety and wellbeing are, and we take the appropriate steps to ensure we provide the very best care. Through the Honor Care Network, each member of our senior care team has undergone a thorough background check, reference checks, and a personal interview to confirm that they meet our high care standards. Contact us online or call us today at 916-459-3220 if you’d like to learn more about our Roseville, CA in-home care services. To find out more about all of the areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.