Addressing elder abuse: how Better Caring strives to ensure safety on our platform

Aged Care, Industry June 15, 2018

Whether you’re looking for support, want to become a support worker or are looking at support options for someone in your family, you always want to ensure safety and security. Today marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to raise awareness for this important event, we’re ensuring that everyone using our platform is protected.

To commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), it’s important to be aware of just how often the mistreatment of elderly people occurs.

An inquiry into elder abuse by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has found that up to 10 percent of the elderly population have experienced abuse or neglect at some point in their lives.

An annual event recognised by the United Nations, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is held to bring awareness to the diverse types of elder abuse – an issue that occurs in many countries.

The UN has stated that elder abuse is a taboo topic in many places which often causes the issue to manifest. The inquiry from AIFS highlight that many elderly people feel shameful or embarrassed that their independence is tainted and wellbeing is reduced. Many elderly people do not have the resources, ability or motivation to report abuse or neglect.

Seniors Rights Victoria is heading this year’s commemoration of WEEAD and recognises that awareness for elder abuse is vital. “Older people are essential in the fabric of our society”, says Seniors Rights Victoria Manager Jenny Blakey. “It’s time for us to acknowledge their importance and recognise they are entitled to the respect of their communities and especially their families.”

Elder abuse can happen in many forms: psychologically, emotionally, physically and financially and many of these can go unchecked.

Why your safety is paramount on Better Caring

It can be difficult and often daunting for family member or friend to find support for their ageing parent – especially as elder abuse sometimes occurs in residential facilities. Recently, the Australian Ageing Agenda highlighted that inadequate numbers of staff and limited training contribute to the mistreatment of elderly people in residential facilities.

With Better Caring, support for your loved one can be provided in the safety and comfort of their own home. Better Caring allows those seeking a helping hand to be in charge of their support and decide exactly who comes into their home. People looking for support can directly contact and engage with qualified workers and even organise meet-ups with potential workers to ensure they’ve found the right fit.

At Better Caring, the safety and security of clients and workers are at the forefront of everything we do. Support workers on our platform are motivated, independent and diverse and undergo a thorough, careful verification process. This includes our team manually verifying the worker by contacting references and checking mandatory qualifications such as ABNs and Police Checks.

This World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, consider whether your parent, family member or loved one is getting the support they require and take the time to ask them how they’re going.

Your safety is Better Caring’s priority. If you’re looking for secure support options, our platform is home to a community of 2,300 support workers who are checked and verified. Take a look at support workers in your local area here.

If you witness, suspect or experience abuse, the Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit is always available on 1300 628 221. If you experience an emergency or are in immediate danger, call 000.

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