We all want what is best for our aging loved ones, but unfortunately, elder abuse is becoming an all-too-common occurrence.
Did you know that physical abuse against the elderly is classified as domestic violence? It’s wise to keep your guard up with caregivers and neighbors who visit your loved one. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so here are some tips to ensure the safety of the senior citizen in your life.
• Granny Cams
A new take on Nanny Cams that can be used for the elderly. This can be especially useful if there is a caretaker in the house. For those seniors who have Alzheimer’s, they might not remember to tell you how they got a bruise, but with a hidden camera you can see how they are truly being treated.
• Emergency Button
An emergency button like Life Alert could be essential to help rescue your loved one from a dangerous situation.
• Background check
Before you hire a caregiver, perform an official background check, talk to their previous employers and get to know them before leaving them alone with your loved one.
Although these are great tools, there is nothing like having a trusted professional monitoring the well being of your loved one. With our advocacy service, we not only handle your loved one’s finances to avoid financial exploitation, but we also hire and oversee home health and other service providers. We are here to help make your life easier and keep your loved ones safe.
Reba Rogers, CPA, is the founder of Secure Aging, a group of care managers who preserve the independence and protect the assets of seniors by helping them with financial management. She is also a Director Consultant for BNI (Business Network International), a referral marketing organization which gives her access to many trusted business professionals in the community.