With an ever-increasing senior population, elder abuse is on the rise. Many factors open the door for such abuse: declining physical strength, reduced mental capacity, and emotional vulnerability can be exploited by others. One sad fact is that most abuse is perpetrated by a family member and in the senior’s own home. Nursing home abuse is much less prevalent, though not unheard of. Abuse is also not limited by any socio-economic factor. Everyone can be abused, and anyone can be perpetrator. Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of elder abuse.
The Illinois Department on Aging and Illinois law defines abuse, neglect and exploitation as:
What do you do if you suspect abuse or are simply concerned about a senior?
If you are concerned about a senior but don’t necessarily suspect abuse, in Chicago call 311. The city will then request a well-being check to be done. A trained social worker, most likely from The Salvation Army Family and Community Services, will visit the senior. In other areas of Illinois, call your township or city government. They will either dispatch people to check or will put you in contact with the government agency that will.
If you are concerned abuse is happening:
Be prepared to provide the following information, to the best of your knowledge:
While this all may seem overwhelming, it is important that the safety and health of the senior be the first priority. If you have a question on whether abuse is happening or not, call the hotline. They will tell you if it should be reported or not.
Like to know more? Visit Adult Protective Services.
For every $20 received we will be able to provide a backpack, school supplies and program supplies for one student for the 2014-15 school year. Help us help the students and families of Englewood overcome the violence and poverty that plagues their neighborhood.
This last weekend over 125 individuals from Salvation Army ARC’s throughout the upper Midwest attended Echo Grove Camp in Michigan learning about Healthy Relationships as taught by Family & Community Services staff. Moving from addiction and reestablishing relationship with family is difficult. FCS helps make that transition easier.
Here are some of the things people had to say about their experience:
“You all did such a great job! God sure knows what I need and when I need it. Thank you for being His instrument in my life.”
“Great Retreat. Keep it going in the future.”
“Very well facilitated and a blessing.”
“I’m having a great time here and I think the Centers need to have more classes like this.”
“Since being here I have enjoyed myself very much. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in everything here.”
“Though[t] provoking and action-inducing. Very informative and interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.”
“Since being here I have enjoyed myself very much. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in everything here. ”
“Thank God for you. Thank you!”
We couldn’t say it better ourselves. Good job to all our staff for helping people move on to self-sufficiency!