After her hip replacement, Judith, asked her daughter to move in. It didn’t take long for friends and neighbours to notice a problem. Trash was put on the front porch and left for weeks at a time. The yard wasn’t mowed. If simple household chores were being ignored, was Judith’s care being ignored too? Those nearby could often hear Judith’s daughter yelling at her, sometimes inappropriately. And whenever someone tried to visit, Judith’s daughter would say she was too tired to see anyone. Those close to Judith were worried she was being emotionally abused.
Thankfully in Canada, rates for elder abuse are quite small. Two percent of people over age 55 report being emotionally abused like Judith. Additionally, one percent of seniors, roughly 55,000 people, are cut off from their funds, leaving them completely dependent upon those who are abusing them, which in some cases, are family members.
Shockingly, violent abuse rates are even higher. According to the 2009 General Social Survey on Victimization, more than 154,000 elderly Canadians reported being physically attacked by someone, and only half of perpetrators were strangers. Additionally, half of all incidents happened while the victim was at home.
Data collected by Statistics Canada shows that most assaults don’t lead to serious injury, but the emotional impact of being threatened, shoved or harmed physically cannot be ignored. Seniors are owed our protection, and thankfully, we do have ways to help them. As a leading provider of home care Toronto families trust, we are committed to helping seniors live at home, safely and comfortably. If you believe a relative, friend or neighbour is the victim of elder abuse, try to speak with them or consider reporting your fears to an abuse hotline. The authorities can investigate on your behalf while you stay in contact with the victim providing support.
If you have an aging parent or loved one who needs care and are concerned about elder abuse, it is of the utmost importance to work with a licensed and certified home care agency. Unlike private hire caregivers, agency caregivers in Toronto have undergone thorough background and reference checks and are carefully supervised by Care Managers who will ensure high quality care at all times.
To learn more about safe, compassionate and quality in-home care services, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Toronto today. We proudly provide hourly and live-in care in Toronto and Etobicoke, Ontario, helping seniors age in place with independence, comfort and dignity. Call 416-488-8777 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.