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Elder Abuse – A Rising Problem

Elder Abuse

With the growing numbers of elders in our society today comes a serious concern/problem that often time goes unreported – that of Elder Abuse. According to the World Health Organization Elder Abuse “is a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

Elder abuse finds its roots in the family violence dilemma and is often reinforced by society. The majority of victims experiencing elder abuse are elder women. The ratio of women to men is 6:1.

There are several types of elder abuse, including; physical (21%), sexual (1%), emotional or psychological (23%), neglect (28%), abandonment (2%), and financial or material exploitation (25%). Elder abuse is the most recent aspect of family violence to receive public awareness. The individuals affected are 1 out of 5 persons over the age of 65.

Economically, the overt costs to American life have not yet been estimated. The social cost for family violence, which elder abuse is a part of, is estimated in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, only 10% of abuse to an elder goes reported. Many experts believe much of elder abuse goes unreported and that the 10% is just a minimum amount.

A study by the National Center for Elder Abuse found that 62% of elder abuse was to women. 12% of the abuse involved financial or material exploitation, 62% of the perpetrators were family members, 35% of substantiated cases an adult child was responsible, 13.4% were the spouse, and 13.6% were another relative.

As Americans we all need to be aware of this rising social issue, and the responsibility each and every one of us has to address the issue when we encounter an older vulnerable adult who potentially is being abused.

Abuse can happen to anyone-no matter the person’s age, sex, race, religion, or ethnic or cultural background.

Learn more by visiting:

National Institute on Aging: Elder Abuse

Make Your Business Senior-Friendly

With the Silver Tsunami (new term for baby boomers) , every business needs to evaluate whether or not their business is aging friendly. As we age there are some key changes that a person experiences which might prevent an older person from patronizing them.  Here are the key areas.

PARKING LOTS – are they close to the door. Free from cracks and ruts? Even walking surfaces. Can people sit to wait for a ride.

SIGNAGE – Can a person with reduced movility and vision read the sign. Are they well lit and have color contrast.

DOORS – Are doors easy to open? Do interior doors have levered handles? People with arthritis can open a door with a lever easier than a doorknob.

STAIRWAYS – Are handrails easy to grab and do they provide enough support? Do they extend the full length of the stairway? Are the risers from the steps easily distinquished? Are there color stripes to divide the steps? Use only bright colors (yellow, turquoise, etc.) black and white are colors that would be difficult for someone with memory impairment?

ELEVATOR – Does the elevator allow enough time for a person to enter? Are elevator buttons marked in large print and have good contrast? Does the elevator have a railing for people to hang on to?

BUILDING INTERIOR – Interiors glare free? Lighting the same from one area to antother? Is the lighting adequate? Do chairs have firm seating with arm rests? Is the carpet low-pile? Is furniture arranged to be obstacle free? Are there constrasting colors to help visually impaired individuals? Is the room temperature comfortable? Is there minimal noise? Are there grab bars in the bathroom?

READING AND WRITING MATERIALS – Are the reading and writing materials customized for older adults? Is the print large enough? Is there contrast between the color of the print and the paper? Are forms that are needed sent out in advance to be filled out?

If you need more information, feel free to contact  New Horizons In-Home Care at 1-877-687-8851 . We would be pleased to help assess your business to determine if it is aging friendly.

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Customer Testimonials

J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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