Neglect of Seniors

Compassionate senior care prevents neglectIt is not intentional that some Southern California seniors are being neglected.  When all of the immediate family has traveled away from the elder or lives without daily contact or interaction with their senior aged loved one, there is a possibility that he or she is being neglected.  When people think of senior abuse it is definitely neglect that is the least thought of form of senior abuse.  Most people think that it will be easy to ensure, so long as strangers or those we don’t know aren’t caring for a senior, there is no risk for senior abuse.  A senior is thought to be safe in many cases when they are not interacting with other people outside of the family.  No one can harm the senior physically, mentally or physically when there is not engagement with the senior.  Without help or assistance from anyone a senior’s needs may not be being met.  Neglecting the needs of a senior, even without knowing is somewhat abusive.  Most people would not intentionally abuse a senior, especially someone they love, but there is that situation where even the most attentive, caring adult child of an elderly parent may miss some signs that a senior needs help or should no longer live alone.  Watching for signs that a senior needs help with daily living or making the regular checks in to really see how a senior is living will prevent the even accidental neglect.

Hiring the wrong senior care service can cause neglectful senior care.  Perhaps, even unintentionally, a senior care service is hired for non-medical home care and senior lives alone and will not be likely to report an incident of neglect because he or she may feel embarrassed or guilty to say anything negative about someone in their Southern California home sent to help them.  Asking questions or making unannounced stops by the home.  Find out what the requirements are to work for the senior care company you hire.  Determining what screening is performed for employees will be a good way to make sure that the company is not just hiring anyone off the street.  Make sure that the employees’ credentials make sense for their level of expected expertise.  You wouldn’t have a dentist fix a mechanical problem on your automobile.  Same premise makes sense with senior care.  Just be sure that you are hiring the right professional and company to care for your senior aged loved one so you are not concerned about the possibility of neglectful care and possible senior abuse.  Especially if the senior care provider or company knows that your senior will be living alone without any real family or friends in their immediate area make it a point to stop on by to just check in.  Be proactive about the senior services you choose, follow-up on the care and beware of potential senior care risks.  Pay attention to the signs that your senior may need your help or the help of a senior care specialist or home care worker.

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