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1 in 2 People with Dementia Suffer Abuse

1 in 2 People with Dementia Suffer Abuse

Maybe more? This extraordinary statistic is being researched by Dr. Laura Mosqueda, Director, National Center on Elder Abuse. Many people with dementia are being mistreated by their caregivers psychologically, physically or by neglect. Dr. Mosqueda spoke on May 23 at the Bucks County Crimes Against Old Adult Taskforce event the Neff Symposium. To get an idea of Dr. Mosqueda’s research read here about how to determine whether an older adult has been neglected or physically abused.

Elder Abuse (mental, physical and emotional) is a reality and people need to be educated about its prevalence. Dementia is a horrible disease makes its victims vulnerable to abuse. Devon and I support the Neff Symposium as does the Bucks County Long Term Care Consortium on whose board I sit.

Every year we send one of our employees to this daylong event whose goal is to focus healthcare, law enforcement and other professionals on senior abuse. This year Jackie Hajkoja, one of our recruiters attended. She loved the presentation and understands how vulnerable demented older adults are.

Many of our clients are cognitively incapacitated and we are careful to continually assess them and make sure that they are appropriate to remain athome with home care. When we hire caregivers we talk with them about their experience with dementia clients in both our phone screens and our in-person interviews. Because we get dementia care it’s easy to separate applicants who have given care to dementia clients from those who have not. We hire caregivers with experience because they know the soft skills of redirection, personal boundaries and kindness (i.e., never saying “no” unless it’s about a dangerous situation) that go with caring for a cognitively impaired client. Jackie will share her knowledge with our employees and everyone she comes in contact with… like everyone at A WAY TO STAY Jackie is committed to giving our elderly clients an enriched, connected life.

To find out more about abuse go to The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA):

And in closing!!! Call us at A WAY TO STAY Home Care. We are available to talk about your home care needs. A WAY TO STAY is a home care agency providing In-Home Care in Yardley – Newtown. We are Live-In Care Specialists.

 

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