As people retire and age, they may be concerned with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.
As most people age, their physical, mental and health faculties decline and they may need help to perform daily activities such as eating, drinking and getting around. Elderly persons are a vulnerable population and sadly many older people are frequently abused, neglected and/or exploited by their caregivers. Their caregiver can be a family member, a friend or someone that the elderly person trusts. Elder abuse can be inflicted by both men and women. Thus, it is important for everyone to know what the signs of elder abuse are.
Most of us know an elderly family member or friend. However, despite knowing an elderly person, most people likely are not aware of what elder abuse is and the statistics surrounding it. Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, persons aged 90 and above were estimated to number around two million.
Connecticut residents who have a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility will find it helpful to know that in the State of Connecticut, all licensed health care providers are legislatively mandated to report any suspected acts of abuse, neglect or exploitation against certain vulnerable groups. These groups include children, people with disabilities, those living in long-term care facilities and our elder population.
Aging is an inevitable progression of life. Particularly as baby boomers enter retirement, the number of older Americans is expected to increase, and pose new challenges. Most of us know a family member who is an elderly person and given their age, health status, mental status and more may have legitimate concerns about their safety. Sadly, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, which is a division Department of Human and Health Services administration on aging, elder abuse is on the rise. But, many wonder as to what elder abuse is and who is affected?
Aging is an evitable fact of life. As people age, many face a decline in physical and mental health. In some cases, elderly people may need constant care and family members may not be equipped to care for the elderly person. Thankfully, there are options such as assisted living facilities and in-care home to help the elderly receive the care they need. Families hope that these options will allow their loved ones to get the compassionate care and attention they need.