The vast majority of us cannot begin to understand why the abuse of seniors occurs. It’s wrong, no matter how you look at it. Why then does it ever occur?
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks like you and I do. Some people are not interested in looking out for the needs of others. Some people are only interested in helping themselves, even if it comes at the expense of someone else.
The vast majority of abuse cases are not malicious at heart or preplanned. A majority of these things happen because of a lack of awareness, laziness, or exhaustion. Neglect is one of the more common types of events that happens in institutionalized care, like what you would find in a nursing home. Most people don’t go into senior care with the intention of harming others, but this type of care is more common because when people are overworked, tired, or not thinking clearly, it can be easy to look for shortcuts or to overlook something. Unfortunately, this can mean missed medicine, missed checkups, isolation, or something else. And when these things happen, someone can be hurt. It might be completely innocent, but it’s still considered a type of abuse.
Awareness can prevent these things from happening. This is why professional caregivers (and family caregivers!) should seek out ongoing training and development. Even those that have been providing care for years benefit from a refresher once in a while. It helps bring the possibility of abuse back into the spotlight and can prevent accidental occurrences from happening. It also helps to eliminate the chances of unconscious caregiver bias from happening. Little steps forward add up.
No one should ever go through something like this. You and your loved ones deserve peace of mind and you deserve to be safe. And if something ever were to happen to your family, some sort of retribution needs to happen to help ensure that things are fixed as much as possible and that the person or people behind the abuse are never able to put someone else in that position.
Not only do we conduct thorough background checks on every single potential employee before we hire them, we also provide ongoing training to help ensure that accidental abuse or neglect does not happen. Again, your family deserves the very best care possible and thoughts of a loved one being hurt should not cross your mind. But we know that the industry has had its share of black eyes over the years, so we’re going to do everything that we can to help relieve some of that tension for you.
In-home care might be the ideal care solution that you’ve been looking for, both to help reduce the stress of having a loved one receiving assistance from a care service and to help keep them close by and in your life for longer.
Would you like to learn more about the precautions that we take? We’d love to talk more about it. Give us a call or send an email to start the conversation.