Ending Elder Abuse with Always Best Senior Services
Decades after Congressman Claude Pepper’s widely publicized hearings on the mistreatment of seniors, elder abuse remains a problem in Southlake/Denton, Texas. But Always Best senior services can help.
Acknowledging The Elder Abuse Epidemic
In 2020, June 15th is officially recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, but it’s important to acknowledge this devastating daily occurrence year-round. According to the World Health Organization, about 1 in 6 older people experienced some form of abuse last year.
Too often, elder abuse goes unreported, and its victims are left untreated. Statistics gathered by the National Research Council (2003) suggest that only 1 in 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to the authorities.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), most cases of elder abuse go unreported because it comes from someone close to the victim. Substantiating that claim, research from the National Center on Elder Abuse indicates that in almost 58% of all elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is related to the victim. Adult children and spouses are the most common culprits.
Clearly, elder abuse is an epidemic, and it’s only going to get worse as senior care needs increase and caregivers get pushed to their limits. Accordingly, it’s critical that we expand our understanding of elder abuse, learn how to spot the signs, and never settle for low-quality or unproven senior care services.
Fighting Elder Abuse In Southlake / Denton, Texas
Always Best senior services has been fighting the elder abuse epidemic for decades.
In addition to monitoring your loved one to ensure that they are never subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment, Always Best senior services helps prevent the following types of abuse:
- Confinement. Confining adults to their homes for non-medical reasons puts them at higher risk of social isolation and depression. Always Best senior services lets your loved one go wherever they please with total confidence. Whether they’re running errands, planning a social outing, or simply craving a stroll through the park, our caregivers will accompany your loved one and provide whatever transportation, non-medical support, and assistance is needed.
- Passive neglect. Failing to provide for senior life necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, or medical care is unacceptable. Our team can cook and serve fresh meals, assist with dressing, maintain a safe and happy home environment, and connect your loved one with whatever medical care may be needed.
- Willful deprivation. Sometimes abusers deny older adults the medication, care, shelter, food, or therapeutic devices they need. Not only will we make sure that no care needs go unmet, but we also act as watchdogs that will report any instances of willful deprivation to help you identify unfit caregivers.
- Financial exploitation. The misuse or withholding of an older adult’s resources is an extremely common form of abuse. We can help your loved one organize their paperwork/correspondence and pay bills, which in turn puts us in a great position to watch out for any unusual spending or shortfalls.
Beyond actively fighting elder abuse in these ways, our hiring practices ensure that your loved one’s care is only ever entrusted to the best people for the job. All caregivers are licensed, bonded, insured, and trained in-house according to exacting national standards. We also subject all applicants to a thorough vetting process that include background and reference checks.
Contact Always Best Senior Services In Southlake/denton, Texas
Call 940-241-2273 or visit the Always Best senior services website to learn more about our hiring practices, training methods, caregiver monitoring, and strategies to end elder abuse in Southlake/Denton, Texas.
National Research Council. (2003). Elder mistreatment: Abuse, neglect, and exploitation in an aging America. National Academies Press. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK98802/