Do you have a family member or a neighbor who is elderly, or perhaps younger and intellectually disabled? These folks are prime targets for elder abuse. Some things to keep your eyes and ears open for include:
- A previously uninvolved family member becomes the primary caregiver.
- A previously unfamiliar “friend” becomes the primary caregiver.
- Lots of repeat visits by the same repairmen – are they asking this person to write checks for unnecessary work?
- Payments in the checkbook that can’t be easily explained.
- Lots of ATM or bank withdrawals for cash, if that wasn’t previously this person’s habit.
- The caregiver won’t let others visit or call.
- Acting scared.
- Sudden bruises or injuries.
- Something just doesn’t seem right with the living situation. Trust your gut.
These are not all the signs of elder abuse. If you suspect abuse of an elder or someone who is intellectually disabled, you can try any of the following: call your town senior center; call South Shore Elder Services or Old Colony Elderly Services (depending on your service area – see map here); call the police; or call the patient’s doctor.
If you see something, say something.
For help preventing yourself or a loved one from ever becoming a victim of elder abuse, please call us.