Nursing home abuse

Older Americans Month: Safety Tips For Protecting The Elderly

May 7, 2020 by James McHugh, Jr.
Elderly woman and grandchild

Those who have provided care for an elderly individual understand first-hand the trials associated with the role of senior citizen caregiver. Emotions felt by caregivers range wide and run deep as many now reverse roles with senior loved ones and assume the role of nurturer. This phase of life is no doubt new territory, and with that can come a plethora of questions regarding how to provide the best level of care. May has been designated as Older Americans Month with the purpose of raising awareness for how all age groups can come together to improve their community.

Purpose of Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month was established in 1963 with the purpose of serving seniors across the country. At the time of its conception, more than one-third of the nation’s seniors lived in poverty. In an attempt to address these problems, the Administration of Agency was formed. The Administration of Agency became the nation’s first agency designed to address struggles associated with older Americans. The establishment of the month greatly impacted our nation’s oldest citizens through the formation of nutritional programs, transportation assistance, federally funded adult day care, legal assistance, and other services for seniors. Now more than ever, elder care education and awareness is useful and important to many citizens across the country.

Keeping the Elderly Safe

It no longer breaking news that we are living in unprecedented times. For elderly citizens, the high risks associated with COVID-19 coupled with their age tend to make the illness twice as impactful. Normally, most of us would turn to our elders during times like these for advice, wisdom, and guidance; however, now it is time for younger generations to provide support and protect seniors.

Lend a Helping Hand

Younger generations can greatly impact the health and quality of life of seniors by actively engaging with them. Communication is important and older children and young adults can help their elder loved ones and neighbors by simply calling to check on them and see if they need assistance with essential errands. By doing so, not only is mental anguish lifted, but it can help seniors get removed from situations that could cause them further harm or contact with an COVID-19 infected individual.

Essential Documents 

When caring for the elderly, it is important to make sure all essential and important documents such as insurance, wills, etc., are organized and in good standing, regardless of the current crisis.  Protecting their legacy and providing for their loved ones not only provides a great sense of relief for seniors but the documents associated therewith will enable the designated parties to take necessary steps to further protect their health and assets.

Keeping Caregivers Accountable

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more common than people realize. While many have heard horror stories about the lack of care and cruelty taking place in nursing homes across the country, limited action has been taken to protect seniors and eliminate widespread abuse. Nursing homes knowingly endanger seniors by failing to timely provide proper medical treatment. It is not uncommon for these same nursing homes to also cause residents’ illnesses, such as poor hygiene leading to infection. Nursing homes have a responsibility to treat all persons – but especially their residents – with dignity and respect. Under no circumstances should a nursing home resident ever be physical, mentally, verbally, or sexually abused by caregivers.

Philadelphia Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Seniors citizens are integral to society as we have much to learn from past generations. All citizens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of age or vulnerability. It is a horrible reality that every day seniors are victimized and taken advantage of by those we trust to care for them. If you or a loved has been a victim of elder abuse, please contact us for more information on how we can help.

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