There is an increase in reported incidents of elder abuse.
It takes many forms.
Some are “subtle” like the deprivation of support and assistance – with victims becoming lonely, and then their health declines. They become withdrawn, disillusioned and disconnected.
Care and compassion are sometimes not enough.
The unapproved accessing of funds in bank accounts is increasing. It has never been justifiable to deliberately mismanage other people’s finances for personal benefit – especially in the hope that the “transactions” will not be discovered. The consequences can be a “world of pain and embarrassment” amongst family and friends. Even more so with the prospect of Police involvement…
It can be driven by a misplaced sense of “entitlement”, but usually by simple greed…
The elderly should be entitled to honesty, respect and compassion. They should be entitled to extra care and support from those close to them, because of their vulnerability.
The Supreme Court now has a new weapon, known as the “Protective list” specifically to deal with such matters. It has wide ranging powers and a willingness to be involved.
If you are the victim of elder abuse, you can access recourse.