As we get older we can sometimes find ourselves in a situation where we are not being treated properly. More often than not the person involved is someone we trust. It may be a relation or a paid carer or someone whom we rely on to help us. This can make it very difficult to know what to do or be able to do anything about the situation on our own.
Elder abuse can take a variety of forms:
- Financial abuse
- Physical abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
Abuse is an act, or a lack of action, that occurs within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
Abuse can sometimes be unintentional and has come about because a carer is struggling to cope with their caring role.
Age UK Oxfordshire works alongside the Oxfordshire Multi Agency Safeguarding Adults team to ensure that older people who are vulnerable and have suffered, or are at risk of suffering, harm from abuse are supported and not left to deal with their situation alone.
If you have concerns about an older person, or maybe are a carer of an older person reaching the end of your tether and would like to talk to someone, please call us on 0345 450 1276.
Other useful information can be found on the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults website and the Action On Elder Abuse website. Or via the Action on Elder Abuse helpline on 0808 808 8141 (open 9am to 5pm on weekdays).