Most aging Americans require some elder care, whether from family members or professional caregivers. Sadly, some elders endure abuse or neglect by a caregiver. Here is what all caregivers should know about spotting and preventing elder abuse.
What Are Some Signs of Elder Abuse?
The first step to preventing elder abuse is knowing how to recognize the signs and separate thee from the normal aging process.
Frequent unexplained injuries may be signs of physical abuse, but other forms of abuse might be harder to detect. Victims may be distrustful of others and even fearful. Victims may also display continually high levels of anxiety.
How Can Elder Abuse Be Prevented?
Much of preventing elder abuse comes down to communication with both elders and caregivers. Make a point to regularly check in on elders who have no friends or family to look in on them. Check in frequently with caregivers to monitor for signs of burnout. Also, ensure that caregivers receive training on elder abuse and neglect.
Perhaps the most crucial step in preventing elder abuse is reporting any occurrences. Find out how to report elder abuse in your state so authorities can take the necessary steps to ensure offenders cannot abuse others.