Seniors are one of the most vulnerable population groups in our society. The National Committee for The Prevention Of Elder Abuse states about five percent of seniors have suffered abuse. With the population of seniors expected to get bigger in the coming years, this is an issue that needs to be discussed. Below are some general tips to help prevent elder abuse.
• Stay in touch with elders: This can help you keep track of potential signs of trouble.
• Avoid isolating elders: Isolation can increase the odds of neglect or abuse. Forced social isolation in and of itself can be considered a form of abuse.
• Thoroughly screen anyone who lives with the senior: Do not let them live with someone who has a known history of abuse.
• Beware of caregivers who have financial troubles: These people may manipulate an elder. Try to weed out anyone who’s in a situation that may drive them to such actions.
• Keep elders active: Being active can help prolong life and decreases the chances of being vulnerable to abuse.
• Look for potential signs of abuse: These may include unexplained bruises and cuts, changes in personality of the senior, and signs of aggression from family members or caregivers.
Elder abuse is a serious topic, but one that needs to be discussed. If you believe you know someone who is a victim of abuse, encourage them to talk about their experiences and set about rectifying the issue.
Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care
Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.
Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.
Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.
If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.