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Educating your parents about elder abuse

One of the best ways you can protect your parents from elder abuse in an assisted living facility in Florida is to educate them about what abuse is. Encourage them to speak up when maltreatment happens.

Your effort to remain an active part of their life can also protect them against abuse. Show up for unsolicited visits and keep regular contact to get an accurate idea of their experience when you are not present.

Abuse has different forms

Your first thought when you hear the word “abuse” is probably some form of physical assault. While physical abuse is one form of maltreatment other types includes the following:

  • Misuse of personal finances
  • Emotional manipulation
  • Psychological abuse
  • Isolation and neglect
  • Delayed medical care
  • Sexual abuse

Abusers want control

Abusers want to be in constant control over their victims. According to Psychology Today, often abusers deny their actions. Maltreatment commonly occurs when no one but the abuser and the victim is present. Educate your parents about the importance of advocating for their rights and personal needs. Encourage them to participate in social activities at their facility.

Sometimes when abuse happens, reporting your concerns to the facility’s management is not enough to yield a change. In this case, take your concerns to other places like Adult Protective Services or your local authorities. If possible, immediately remove your parents from the facility and find another long-term care option. If you feel uncomfortable about your parents’ treatment at all, take a proactive approach and investigate your concerns. Your decision could make all the difference in protecting your parents’ safety and well-being.

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