Education about senior care is one area where there is a surprisingly large lack of emphasis. Not only do most people not know what all of their options are when it comes to care, they also don’t have a firm grasp on the supporting concepts of senior care, like payment, scheduling, transportation, and supervision.
As you might imagine, this has led to a lot of problems in many families. Some learn these things over time without any major mishaps, while others are educated the hard way. Obviously, this is something that we want to help prevent if at all possible. Senior care education is an issue that hits us at Paradise In-Home Care hard because it is what we do on a daily basis. Helping others to understand the process and discover what is best for their families is what we do.
In other parts of the world, such as within the city of Kuala Lumpur, have observed a direct correlation between a decline in knowledge of senior care and a rise in instances of elder abuse. In Malaysia, officials in charge of investigating these issues concluded that most of the cases of abuse that had occurred were of a financial nature. Because the individuals that committed the abuse wanted money or property, the likelihood of abuse increased, mainly because there was a serious lack of education regarding the rights of the elderly. An article published in The Sun Daily recently exposed a lot of the issues that Malaysia is currently facing on the senior care front.
We can learn a lot about this in our own lives. Just because we have wants and needs in our own lives does not mean that the more vulnerable individuals within our families must suffer as a result. Manipulating one person for our own personal gain is not just morally wrong, it is illegal. We have an obligation to care for and protect the people in our lives that can’t always do this for ourselves.
Putting safeguards on the safety of the people that we care about is a must. However, the place that we must look first is in education. The people in our families should have a strong sense of what things like neglect, physical abuse, and financial abuse constitute. Although it’s easy to assume that everyone understands these things, we are often shown that some people don’t. Beginning with education is a good first step.
From there, finding great senior care relies a lot on customization. What works well for one family might not be effective for another. We all have different situations, needs, and goals. Finding a care service or routine that works best for your particular situation is necessary for your loved ones to really thrive.
Do you have questions about finding great care? Do you have concerns about what’s best for your mom or dad’s unique situation? Give us a call and set up a free consultation so we can help you find the best and safest senior care solution.