Long-Distance Caregiving: Checking for Elder Abuse

By Pete Lane, 4:55 pm on

As a provider of home care Centennial families trust, we wanted to take the time to share some insight about long-distance caregiving and elder abuse. We understand that caring for a senior loved one from a distance poses many challenges, and it is common to be concerned about the possibility of elder abuse. Senior adults are among the most vulnerable members of the population and may not always be able to defend themselves against scams or abuse. Although you may be living far away, it is reassuring to know that you can still keep a watchful eye by adding these strategies to your care plan.

  1. Check Financial Records
    Although physical abuse is a serious concern, many families overlook the prevalence of financial scams that target the elderly. Fortunately, most scams can be prevented even when you are living long distance. Make sure you have access to your loved one’s financial accounts and check their credit report once a year. This way, you can catch financial abuse before it drains your loved one’s life savings.
  2. Choose Professional Caregivers
    When you live far away, you will likely need to hire caregivers who can help your loved one with their daily needs. Be sure that the caregivers you choose are professionally trained and experienced in working with senior adults. It is also important to make sure they have passed a background check. Once you are comfortable with your caregiver, talk to your elderly loved one to make sure they are comfortable with the person you have selected. Learn more about reliable, trustworthy and professional Centennial live-in caregivers.
  3. Install a Home Monitoring System
    Technology is a major asset for long-distance families and can instantly provide you with visual access to your loved one’s well-being. Home monitoring systems are available with various types of features that include security alarms, movement tracking and video footage of what happens while your loved one is at home. With a home monitoring system combined with professional caregivers and regular check-in calls, you can always be able to check for signs of abuse so your loved one stays safe.

To learn more about home care for your aging parent or loved one, contact Home Care Assistance today. In addition to part time assistance with activities of daily living, we also offer hourly and live-in care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke. Our comprehensive alternative to assisted living ensures your loved one is safe, even when you are unable to be there. Dial 303-957-3100 to speak with a devoted Care Manager today and learn more about our compassionate caregivers and comprehensive in-home services.