At Preferred Living Solutions, we are committed to learning more about Elder Abuse so that we can protect our loved ones. I learned that the Area Agency of Aging Ombudsmen, Adult Protective Services, and County Social Services is our seniors’ allies. When they receive a report (and it can be confidential), first they listen, observe, and gather information from a variety of sources such as family, neighbors, clergy, and health professionals.
Then, they make recommendations on ways to make an elder’s situation better: bringing in caregivers to assure adequate nutrition and hydration, help support good hygiene, proper medical attention, and access to prescribed medications. Sometimes they recommend a different and safer place to live or even suggest the appointment of a guardian.
Another way we are building awareness about elder abuse is to share these signs, courtesy of the National Center on Elder Abuse(NCEA):
Emotional and behavioral signs:
- Unusual changes in behavior or sleep
- Fear or anxiety
- Isolated or non-responsive
- Bruises, welts, broken bones
- Cuts, sores, or burns
- Torn or stained underclothing
- Poor nutrition, dehydration
- Poor living conditions
- Missing daily living aids (eyeglasses, hearing aids, medications, walker)
- Unusual changes in money management or bank accounts
- Unusual or quick changes in a will or other financial documents
- Fake signatures on financial documents
- Unpaid bills
If you or a loved one is looking for a care manager you can trust, contact Preferred Living Solutions at 919-554-0675 and let us help you make a plan.