Elderly abuse is a grave issue that happens when someone abuses or takes advantage of an elderly person. In India where we are taught to respect elders, it is rampant in many households and often the abusers are either from among the family or people assigned to be their caregivers. Usually, the victims are the people who have to rely on others for their daily needs. Here are some signs that can help you identify elderly abuse.
1. Discrepancies in Finances
Elderly abuse can include financial abuse. Sometimes the victims who are technologically backward or weak are cheated by their own caregivers. Discrepancies in finances are very subtle but very visible when you go looking for it. The damage usually happens to the victim’s bank account. There will be expenses that the victim cannot remember happening. If the victim is living alone with the abuser there could be unpaid bills and other payment lapses which the victim cannot account for.
2. Physical Evidence
If the victim is physically abused the signs are easier to identify. Victims of physical abuse often have wounds in unusual places and they are often unable to explain the sources of these wounds in the fear of their caregivers who are often their abusers.
3. Behavioural Evidence
Victims of psychological violence that involves things like name-calling and other forms of verbal abuse often display visible signs of depression and irrational fear. They often tend to have very low self-esteem as well.
4. Evidence of Neglect
Neglect is the most common abuse committed against the disabled elderly. The abusers are often caregivers who do not perform the duties assigned to them or are careless with the victims. The most common sign of neglect is failed medication where the abusers neglect to give the required medicine to the victims and their health conditions grow worse. In severe cases, the abusers will not attend to the victim’s sanitary needs and even dietary needs.
Thus, it is an absolute necessity that one hires trusted caregivers to take care of one’s elderly parents or grandparents. You can contact YouCare for responsible, well trained, honest and experienced caregivers for your elderly in and around Chandigarh and Mohali. Dial 8448449799 or visit www.youcare.in to know more.