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If you are seeking assistance for an older adult, and calling from Florida, please call 1-800-96-ELDER. Outside of Florida, visit the Florida Aging and Disability Resource Center webpage to select the office that covers the county you are seeking help in. The Aging and Disability Resource Center will help you identify organizations that can best meet the needs of you and your family.
The mission of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life for all Florida long-term care residents by advocating for and protecting their health, safety, welfare and rights. For more information visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/. To file a complaint about a long-term care facility visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/Complaint.php for a list of resources that can assist you and your loved ones.
NEW RESOURCE ON ELDER ABUSE - Data suggests that one in 10 older adults in the United States experience physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Elder abuse violates older adults’ fundamental rights to be safe and free from violence. In low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of violence is the greatest, the prevalence of elder abuse is likely higher. With the global population of adults older than 60 expected to double to 1.2 billion by 2025, the number of older adults will exceed the number of children for the first time in history. Despite the growing magnitude of elder abuse, it has been an underappreciated public health problem. http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18518&page=R5
How To Report Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
Phone:Call Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). This toll free number is available 24/7. TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 1-800-453-5145
Meet your parents’ neighbors and friends. Exchange contact information and ask them to check on your parent when/if appropriate. Ask neighbors to call you if they see mail or newspapers piling up or any unusual activity.
Gathera list of emergency services, eldercare and related contacts in the community. A list of professionals you can call upon to check on a family member should you not be able to connect with neighbors or friends.
Do a safety evaluation of the home. Are the locks on doors and windows in good working order? Know who has access to a spare key. Make sure there adequate lighting on the outside of the house. Motion detector lights for ‘dark corners’ of the property are often a good idea.
Consider a personal emergency response system. These types of devices can help in a variety of different situations, including home invasion or fire.
Set up a ‘check-in’ time. You can set up a time for your parent to call, text, email or utilize any number of caregiver apps to connect daily.
Families may want to install cameras or motion detectors in the home so family members can check on parents or loved ones any time of the day. There are a number of smart devices on the market to choose from.
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