Many elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives’ homes, and even in care facilities. Signs of abuse could also be an indication of self-neglect by the senior. They may not be able to properly take care of themselves and not know how to seek help. Abuse can be classified as financial, physical, or emotional. Elder Abuse prevention & intervention is a social service provided by Self-Help for the Elderly to seniors who may be a victim of abuse and neglect.
If allegations are reported, they will be addressed and looked into. Self-Help for the Elderly works with Adult Protective Services (part of San Francisco Office on Aging, Department of Aging and Adult Services) to investigate the claims and assess the situation. The client will be visited at their home or care facility to check on their living environment. Family members and caregivers will then be interviewed and a service plan will be determined. The social service chosen will be dependent on the situation and the severity of the allegation.
Not all signs of abuse come from others. Seniors could have stopped taking care of themselves because of being physically impaired or mentally disabled. Most often, they do not know how or where to seek help. If this is the case, we will take it into our own hands to create a better quality life with assisted living, home care assistance, in-home care, case management, or other elder care services. If seniors need to be taken out of their current living situation, then we will find a more supportive and safe living environment for them.
If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk from a neglectful family member or caregiver, it is important to speak up. If they can’t be the one to stand up for themselves, you can be that person. Call Self-Help for the Elderly today to report abuse or to learn more about the signs of elder abuse.
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