5 Tips for Caregivers: Adult protection

Jan 22, 2018

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5 Tips for Caregivers: Adult protection

5 Tips for Caregivers: Adult protection

Posted in : All, Dementia Care on by : Giulia Melchiorre

In our “5 Tips for caregivers” blog series, we are sharing a advice on various tasks related to taking care of someone with dementia. Although this advice is tailored to professional caregivers, it can be useful for anyone in a caregiving position.

People with dementia are classed as vulnerable adults, because they are more likely to be subjected to mistreatment and abuse. This may be in the community, in care homes or at hospitals. The abuse may be psychological, emotional, financial, sexual or physical, which can include the inappropriate prescription of anti-psychotics. It is therefore important to be aware of these issues, and know how to react should there be need for intervention. The below advice applies to caregivers in many different situations, and outlines what to look out for and how to react if signs of abuse are seen.

1. Observe

  • Changes in behaviour
  • Emotional
  • Financial stress
  • Hygiene issues
  • Flinching
  • Marks or bruising

2. Listen

  • Repeat back for clarity
  • Open body language
  • Manage own emotions
  • Eye contact

3. Believe

  • Take it seriously
  • Confirm they have done the right thing telling you
  • Never show doubt even if you think this might be untrue

4. Support

  • Let them know you need to pass information on
  • Reassure them that you will not tell others
  • Reassure them that we will do all we can to help

5. Report

  • Contact your Care Manager or social work department
  • Call the police if immediate danger

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