Are you afraid that securing the services of a home care agency for your
an elderly parent may expose him/her to elderly abuse? If so, it’s completely
normal to harbor this kind of fear – after all, many elderly persons are going
through all forms of abuse at the hands of their caregivers, and this
includes their own children and other relatives.
Yes, family members do abuse their loved ones, in case you didn’t know. In
fact, according to studies, almost 60% of all reported cases of elder abuse
involve a family member, with most of these abusers being adult children
How common is elder abuse in America?
According to statistics, up to 5 million seniors in America are abused every
year. These statistics could be higher, as many cases usually go
unreported. Studies estimate that out of every 24 cases of elder abuse,
only 1 is reported to the authorities.
So, how do you prevent a loved one from suffering abuse at the hands of
their caregiver, be it an agency-affiliated caregiver or a family caregiver?
Empowering your loved one with information:
The very first thing you should do to prevent a caregiver from abusing your
loved one is to empower them (your loved one) with information. Let them
know what abuse is and what it’s not. Inform them of their right to be free
from any kind of abuse, regardless of their physical or cognitive condition.
It is also very important to let them know of their right to report any kind of
abuse to you, the local authorities, and anyone else they feel comfortable
reporting to. While at it, provide them with written instructions on how to
report abuse to the authorities and include information about other relevant
offices they can report to, such as the Adult Protective Service. Include the
contacts and physical addresses of these offices in the written instructions.
Develop a genuine relationship with your loved one:
As we have already seen, most cases of elder abuse go unreported, mostly
because the victims are afraid of repercussions and/or are ashamed of
their vulnerability. These victims may be able to open up if they know they
can trust you, and the only way to build their trust in you is to cultivate a
genuine relationship with them. Visiting them in person and calling them
regularly is a good way to build relationships with the elderly.
Perform annual background checks on the caregiver:
While there’s no guarantee that a caregiver with a clean background will
not abuse your loved one, performing regular background checks helps in
identifying a caregiver who has a past of abusing people or engaging in any
other type of unacceptable behavior.
Conducting reference checks will also help you to learn more about the
caregiver’s personality and conduct.
Conduct random visits and learn how to identify the signs of
Making random visits is a good way to know how your loved one is
progressing. Also, if the caregiver is abusing your loved one, chances
are that you may be able to identify one or more signs of abuse by
making a surprise visit.
Hire through a reputable home care agency:
Hiring a caregiver through a reputable home care agency like Astin is
likely to reduce the chances of your loved one suffering abuse at the
hands of their caregiver. Astin Home Care Agency conducts all
necessary background checks on caregivers, including verifying their
work history and credentials, before sending them to your loved one.
In addition to that, we provide ongoing training to our caregivers on
how to respect the rights of our clients, and this includes their right to
an abuse-free life.
Astin Home Care Agency – Abuse Policy
Astin Home Care Agency has a strict policy against any kind of abuse,
including elder abuse. We strive to provide a safe environment for our
clients and our employees, and to bring back the dignity of those who
have suffered past abuse and neglect.
To learn more about our abuse policy or our non-medical and skilled
nursing services, please feel free to contact our support team- we are here
to assist you in any way we can.
Telephone- (770) 790-0012
Email – [email protected]
Website – https://www.astinhomecare.com/