Recently, there have been several reports in the news about elderly people being ill treated at the hands of their own relatives. One of the reports were about an older woman who was left in a recliner for about a month, while five other persons were also living in this house with her.
There was also the report of a 80 year old man who was locked in a room by his wife for about a year. Indeed, the people who are expected to take care of them are abusing them.
Nevertheless, if you have elderly relatives and you are concerned that they may be ill treated by those around them, you can do something about it. On the other hand, you may not have any reasons to worry about older loved ones, and if this is the case, this is good, however, this should not keep you from being in constant contact with time.
Some of the things that you can do to help to keep elderly safe are:
As some of us approach the age that classifies us as an elderly person, our desire for familiarity and consistence increases. Consequently, it would be preferable that a particular loved one visit on the same day, every time he or she visits their home.
However, although this is the case with many, it is not so with everyone and knowing your relative’s preference will be helpful. If it does not make a difference to them, take the option of visiting them on different days and dates as much as you can.
This would help to keep others who may be observing your activities, from being able to predict accurately your actions in relation to visiting this loved one.
Make it a practice to visit them on a regular basic. This can be done at least once a month, but if you can do it more than that, wonderful.
Shop With Them
When it is time for them to go shopping, if it is possible, you cam voluntary to go with them. This would not only help to ensure that they are buying sufficient and healthy foods but when it comes to purchasing large appliances and other things along this line, you will be able to help them to get the best deal.
Talk With Them
One of the best ways to find out how someone is doing is to ask the person. Yes, talking and listening to what they are saying to you will give you a good indication as to how they are doing.
It is true that when an elderly person is being abused, most of them, for many reasons, will not tell anyone about the terrible treatment. Therefore, do not expect them to say this to you. However, if they do, this is excellent, but if they do not, this is where talking and listening will come in.