Our seniors deserve our respect and care in ensuring not only their physical well-being but their emotional, social, and financial well-being as well. Helping seniors retain their dignity and vibrancy through social interaction is one strategy family members and elder-care advocates aim to ensure. Isolation is one of the leading contributors to and warning signs of potential elder abuse.
Seniors at increased risk of financial abuse due to COVID isolation | Money
Unfortunately, the COVID crisis created unprecedented social isolation among our senior population. Throughout the months of the pandemic, family members and other advocates were not permitted to visit elders in institutional environments due to shutdown restrictions. During an extended period, elders were effectively isolated from any outside observation, oversight, and emotional support from those who know and love them most.
Family members and other advocates worried that increased opportunity for financial and other elder abuse would go undetected because of mandated separation from their vulnerable seniors. Sadly, the risk of financial and other elder abuses extended beyond those in institutional care to those seniors who were isolated in-home as well.
Now more than ever, we must be vigilant for signs of fraud and other abuses against our seniors regardless of their living arrangements. Naturally, those suffering from cognitive decline are at even greater risk. Here are a few things to watch for and investigate particularly if they occurred during periods of isolation: