You are Suspicious
Do you believe or suspect that someone in your Aging Loved One's life is abusing him/her? Physically, emotionally, financially, sexually, or in any other way, including neglect or violation of Civil Rights? Report your feelings and observations immediately.
If there is an Elder Abuse Team in your area, report to them.
Call the Police. Report your suspicions and ask their advice.
- Why is that fellow hanging around Mum's house? He just showed up out of nowhere.
- My cousin hasn't been around for years. Suddenly she's always dropping in on Uncle Bill. I smell a rat.
- I notice that there have been some weird withdrawals from Dad's bank account lately. Who is he paying, and for what?
- That house cleaner needs a firm but friendly reminder that she is just that: a house cleaner. She's not a medical adviser, care-worker, interviewer or supervisor, and all-round take charge housekeeper. She's become too involved and influential.
- How did Mum get that bruise? Did she have a fall? Did someone push her to the floor?
You are Watching Closely
Get the word out. Talk to neighbours and family. Let everyone know that you are watching closely.
Ask others to keep their eyes and ears open and to contact you if they notice anything out of the ordinary. Give people your name and phone number.
We all have basic civil and human rights. Our Aging Loved Ones are no exceptions. Some forms of abuse are criminal acts. These include physical or sexual assaults, intimidation and harassment, as well as crimes such as theft of property, fraud, or theft by someone who has power of attorney.
There is nothing funny regarding elder abuse.