Today Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Days 10th Anniversary
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations WEAAD is co-ordinated in the UK by Action on Elder Abuse (AEA).
Statistics show that the number of people around the world aged 60 and over is set to more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025.
Currently, there are more than 895 million people aged 60 and over, representing 12% of the global population, yet a report by the World Health Organization and UN agencies found that of the 133 countries surveyed, two-thirds do not have adult protective services in place to support older people subjected to elder abuse or neglect.
WEAAD is about all of us working together to bring greater awareness of the mistreatment of the elderly, no matter where they live in the world. Our aim is to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain prevention efforts, not just on the 15th June, but throughout the year and in the years to come.
At Tollers we have recognised the need to provide legal support for families that have loved ones in Care Homes that have experienced neglect or abuse.
Often, when our loved ones go into a Care Home this is because they have been unable to cope at home with their physical and mental health needs and they need the 24 hour support that a Care Home can provide.
Elderly people go into a Care Home because it is in their best interest in order to protect them from harm. It can be a terrifying thought, but when they are in a Care Home they could be exposed to abuse and neglect by the very people who are meant to be caring for them.
Examples of abuse and neglect can include:
- Unexplained Bruises or fractures
- Other injuries caused by assault
- Psychological abuse
- Bedsores also known as pressure sores
- Significant weight loss caused by malnutrition
- Being under or over medicated
- Basic hygiene needs neglected
The effect of the abuse or neglect can be significant and your loved one may be reluctant to do anything about it. There are a number of signs, you as a family member can look out for to spot if anything untoward is happening, check our previous article: How To Spot If A Loved One Suffered Physical Abuse In A Care Home. If you do suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, it is best to get advice from a Care Home Negligence Specialist Lawyer such as Veronica Male. Veronica specialises in cases where clients are concerned about abuse and poor care in Care Homes and helping families who are worried that their loved one may have suffered because of this.
If you have any concerns relating to any of these issues call Veronica and her team at Tollers on 0333 414 9123.
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