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Home Health Care Companies Discuss Elderly Abuse

Jan 18, 2018 by Alan White

With more and more people living into their golden years, home health care companies are more aware of the stigma of elderly abuse. With elder adults in our communities, individuals like your parent or event yourself may be vulnerable to the many forms of abuse. Abuse comes in a variety of forms from physical to emotional and psychological. In the media physical abuse is most popular, but often it is the emotional or psychological abuse that is primary.

Abusers, according to home health care companies, can include family members, and even caregivers. At Comfort Keepers, we interview all our caregivers and perform thorough backgrounds checks to avoid caregiver abuse. Our caregivers are also tasked with noticing and helping to handle elder abuse. But other family members or friends can hurt your loved one, and it’s important for you to know the signs.

The following groups are more likely to be victims of elder abuse:

  1. Co-dependents, seniors with special needs
  2. Previous victims of domestic violence
  3. Seniors living in isolation
  4. Seniors that are not connected to their local community
  5. Seniors with dementia or special needs
  6. Frail or chronically ill seniors

Family members and caregivers from the home health care companies may assist elders and in many states are required to report suspicion of abusive tactics. In addition to reporting acts of abuse it is important to help seniors gain more control of their life by encouraging them to:

  1. Remain active and engage socially
  2. Research information about financial plans, and be aware of personal finances
  3. Be assertive in situations where they are uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to say “No”.
  4. Ask for help even if they don’t want to be a burden.
  5. Work with their families to set up power of attorney.

Home health care companies are working to detect and prevent abuse. If you want to learn more about elder abuse in Georgia, visit the state government’s guide to abuse and neglect.

Comfort Keepers of Gainesville serves Alto, Baldwin, Braselton, Chestnut Mountain, Clarkesville, Clayton, ClermontCleveland and Helen, Commerce, Cornelia, Dacula, DahlonegaDawsonville, Demorest, Gainesville, Homer, Hoschton, Lakemont, Lula, Maysville, Mount Airy, Mountain City, Murrayville, Oakwood, Rabun County, Rabun Gap, Sautee-Nacoochee, Tallulah Falls, Toccoa, Toccoa Falls, Turnerville, and other areas near Gainesville, Georgia.

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