As both your parent’s family caregiver and their adult child, you never want to think about them suffering any form of fraud or other crime. Unfortunately, this risk is very much a reality and ignoring this possibility can put them at serious risk and reduce the chances that you will be able to properly handle these situations if they do arise.
Some of the most common crimes against elderly adults include:
• Telemarketing fraud proclaiming that your senior has won a sweepstake or another prize and all they need to do is send a check to cover taxes and expenses
• Advertisements in the mail, magazines, email, or online promise fast cures for medical issues or other complaints. Your parent purchases these items, but they do not come or they have no effect because they have not been tested
• Your senior sees an email or advertisement for a “home business” opportunity that will allow them to make extra money. All they need to do is send a startup check to cover costs for materials, but they receive very little and no guidance on how to truly start their business
• A caller tells your parent that they are from a computer company that has detected a problem with your parent’s computer and they need access to it to make repairs. They then gather personal information including financial information that allows the caller to steal money and even your parent’s identity
How can home care services help?
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your parent’s quality of life, fill care gaps that might exist in the efforts that you give them, and support a more active and fulfilling lifestyle as they age in place, starting elder care for them might be the ideal solution. With the ability to create a customized schedule that means they will be with your parent when your parent specifically needs them, an elderly home care services provider is a fantastic supplement to the care that you already give your aging parent.
Highly personalized services, companionship, and valuable support mean that your parent can continue to live a life that is as independent as possible even when dealing with challenges and limitations. Some of these services can include transportation, assistance with activities of daily living, physical mobility support and assistance, and companionship and activities to boost their mental and emotional health and well-being.