The elderly are the most vulnerable people in our society next to children. When working with the elderly it’s important to ensure that they are given dignity and respect, not only for their life experience but for their wisdom. It is a fine line to walk when allowing them to maintain their dignity and ensure they are part of the decision making process until such time as they are physically or mentally unable. According to Adult Protective Services, 90% of the reported abuse is from family members and not hired professionals.
To truly identify or report abuse it’s important to understand the many types of elder abuse in our society. Also be sure to check out our blog on the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse.
If you are an elderly person being abused, similar to a child you need to tell someone. You can report any abuse to your doctor, pastor, rabbi, caregiver, or a friend but you need to talk to someone. If you are an elderly person who sees abuse or neglect, you should tell someone, anyone. You can give your name or remain anonymous with the florida elder abuse hotline. The key to remember is NO one deserves to be mistreated, neglected or abused. REPORT IT! Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 (TDD 1-800-453-5145).
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