By many accounts, fraud against seniors is on the rise. A lot of this occurs in an online setting because criminals know that some seniors are not as savvy when it comes to web safety as a lot of younger people are. Add to this the fact that some seniors suffer from poor judgment because of dementia, and the risk is even greater.
Taking steps to protect the safety of the older people that you love is important, but it can be hard to know where to start. There are a lot of good resources out there, including free ones from AARP. Let us know if you need help getting started with this.
Sadly, a lot of people feel like there’s nothing that they can do to curtail elder abuse. It is a huge problem in our society, and a lot of folks feel like it is too big of an issue to even approach. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even though it is a huge issue, it is one that can be handled on an individual level, even if it’s only one or two people at a time. It is important that you know what the signs of abuse and fraud are, be on the lookout for it when it comes to the people that you love, and have on handle on what should be done if you suspect that it’s happening. In almost every case, it’s something that you can do. In fact, it’s probably already something that you do for yourself and your kids, if you have them. We all are trained, in some degree, to watch out for stranger danger. When it comes to elder abuse, it’s a slightly different paradigm, but it’s the same concept.
If you suspect that fraud or any other type of senior abuse is happening with someone that you care about, call the police. It’s always better to be too protective of the people that you love than not protective enough.
One of the things that we pride ourselves on here at Paradise In-Home Care is how strict we are with our employment process. We want to make sure that only the best and most reputable individuals work out in the community. That’s why we conduct thorough background checks before we ever make a hiring decision, train each and every one of our caregivers so that they know exactly what they are doing and stand no chance of accidentally violating the law, and then insure and bond every caregiver so that if something were to happen because of an unforeseen circumstance, the families that we work with will be kept as safe and secure as possible. It is often needless to provide these safeguards, but like I mentioned above, it’s always better to be too protective instead of not protective enough.
Your family deserves the best. When you work with one of our caregivers, you can be assured that this is exactly what you are getting. Give us a call to learn more.