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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Posted by Marketing on June 15, 2015

The 15th of June every year marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day internationally recognised by the United Nations. On this day the world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted upon older people.

Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC) recognises that elder abuse is a prevalent issue within the community. Head of Residential Care, Rosemary Hogan, said that she believes this issue needs ongoing attention by the aged care industry as a whole to ensure the rights of the elderly are protected. She stated: “The issue is transparent and openly discussed in our facilities. We are vigilant in maintaining our processes and systems across all our facilities specifically related to elder abuse.

“We have policies, processes, monitoring registers and reporting systems in place to ensure the rights of residents are maintained.  In particular we pay close attention to residents living with dementia or cognitive issues. In addition, we have information available in our facilities for family and residents on what to do should they have any concerns.  We take it so seriously that we also measure it in our annual staff survey by asking staff how they rate us on identifying, reporting and actioning elder abuse.”

As people get older and more frail, they may be less able to stand up for themselves. They may not see or hear as well, leaving openings for people to take advantage. Elder abuse often tends to take place in the person’s own home, by their adult children, other family members or carers. Elder abuse can take different forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual assault, financial exploitation or neglect by caregivers.

References:

http://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/elder-abuse-and-neglect.htm

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