So after many, many documentaries, news stories and general abundance of elder abuse in the media I thought it was time to write about it.
Obviously elder abuse, along with all other forms of abuse is disgusting. Something I cannot condone. I cannot even try and justify it (I try to give balanced arguments for any topic on my blog but this is one of things I will not).
So if you see it or suspect it please call one of the following numbers:
elder Abuse response 08088088141,
CQC 03000616161 (England),
CQC 08456030890 (Scotland),
CQC 01443848450 (Wales),
DHSSPS 02890520500 (Northern Ireland)
Abuse can come in many forms, so there are many things to look out for:
physical (striking, slapping, shoving, punching, restraining).
Sexual (intimacy with a threat of force or without consent).
Psychological (yelling, insulting, threats, violence, isolation).
Financial (misuse of property, money or possessions).
Neglect (Lack of food, clothing, shelter or medical care).
Look out for repeated injuries, incompatible explanations, lack of personal or medical care, malnutrition, dehydration, discrepancy in financial resource, unpleasant odours, inappropriate dress.
Here are some facts about elder abuse:
Abuse can be defined as “a single or repeated act, omission or lack of appropriate action occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress” – to an older person. (action on elder abuse 04/05)
Family abuse accounts for about 46% and paid workers 34%
More male than female abusers, abuses are usually women (67%) who are over 80 (40%)
Causes can include, poor quality relationships, carers inability to perform, carer has mental/physical health problems, inadequately trained, poorly supervised, little support, isolation.
Both men and women are at risk of abuse
Abuse can occur in their own home, a carers home, day care, residential care, nursing home, hospital
The abuser is usually well known to the abused, they could be a relative, a friend or neighbour, a paid or volunteer care worker, a health or social worker or other professional, anybody who cares for them