According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), every year, an estimated 1 in 10 of the senior population suffers from abuse.
Fortunately, we can all do something to prevent this from happening, beginning with knowing the different types of abuses that put our elderlies are at risk.
As the community’s trusted provider of elderly care and patient care services in Porter Ranch, California, we are listing down these forms of abuse and what these usually look like in practice. Take a look below:
- Physical abuse
This can range from physical assaults to the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement.
- Financial exploitation
This is the unauthorized use or misuse of an elderly’s funds, accounts, properties, and other resources. Also included in this type of abuse are forging their signatures and engaging in identity theft.
This refers to the failure to fulfill one’s caretaking obligations, from not providing companionship in California, or elsewhere, to more heinous acts such as deserting an elder at a public place.
- Healthcare fraud and abuse
This is specifically carried out by unethical doctors, nurses, and other care professionals and includes overcharging or double-billing for medical or non-medical care services, providing fraudulent remedies, and getting kickbacks for referrals, among others.
- Emotional abuse
This refers to any treatment that causes emotional or psychological pain or distress such as intimidation, humiliation, and isolation, among others.
Above And Beyond Patient Care Services is committed to stopping elder abuse. If you suspect abuse, don’t hesitate to report and call the California county’s APS elder abuse hotline or the Adult Protective Services (APS) at 800-491-7123.