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What to do if you are concerned about an older person?

What to do if you are concerned about an older person?

Call our advice line for free on 0800 678 1602, or contact your local Age UK. If there’s an immediate risk of harm, call the emergency services on 999. If you’re very concerned about someone’s health or welfare but don’t think it’s an emergency, call 111 for NHS advice, 24 hours a day.

Why do some older adults not seek help?

An isolated older victim may not know how or where to seek help. Older adults often live alone, or with family members and don’t interact with others in the community. Many victims do not seek help because they either blame themselves for the abuse, or they tolerate and accept the abuse.

What makes it difficult to report elder abuse?

Physical impairments: strokes can affect the ability to communicate and report abuse, and because of other physical impairments, victims cannot get to the phone or leave the home to get help. Elder abuse is an extremely complex problem. Below is a simple listing of some of the possible factors that cause elder abuse.

Is it normal to be worried about an older person?

It can be worrying to see someone struggling as they get older. One of the best things you can do is talk it over together with the person you’re worried about, discussing your concerns and listening to each other. Having those conversations isn’t always easy.

Can a busy doctor take care of an older patient?

Busy doctors may not be thorough unless caregivers are proactive about asking questions. Most doctors have the best intentions, but studies have shown that older patients often don’t get recommended care. By being politely proactive, you can make sure that certain things aren’t overlooked (such as medications that worsen balance).

What should the doctor check after an aging person falls?

Free Fall Assessment Cheatsheet: The 8 things doctors should check after an aging person falls, in a handy PDF checklist that you can print or save. Click here. 1. An assessment for underlying new illness. Doctors almost always do this if an older person has been having generalized weakness, delirium, or other signs of feeling unwell.

What should an older person do to check their balance?

There are also some simple ways to check balance. Simple things to do, if gait and balance don’t seem completely fine, are: Address any pain or discomfort, if that seems to be a cause of problems. Many older people are reacting to pain in their feet, joints, or back. Consider a physical therapy referral for gait and balance assessment.

What kind of behavior does an elderly person have?

Caregivers often deal with unusual, unruly and embarrassing behavior from their care recipients. The AgingCare.com Caregiver Forum is filled with stories of irrational elderly parents, personality changes, hallucinations and temper tantrums. In some cases, this is the way some seniors have always acted.