AdvoCare has rules in place to help clients keep a safe environment and provide a safe service. The way the client is treated by our Caregivers is of top importance. As a registered In-Home Care Agency, we are bound as “Mandated Reporters” to report to the State anytime there is suspected Elder Abuse or Mistreatment by family, friends or anyone who may have contact with the elderly client.
Elder Abuse entails different types of abuse. It is a situation in which someone who has more power hurts someone with less power.
VERBAL ABUSE – saying mean and/or cruel things to the elderly victim.
PHYSICAL ABUSE – occurs when someone physically harms the elderly victim
EMOTIONAL ABUSE – purposely hurting the elderly persons feelings, it can also be scaring or making the victim feel bad about themselves.
SEXUAL ABUSE – includes touching or looking at the elderly victim in a sexual way when it is unwanted. Sexual abuse can also be talking about sex when it is not wanted.
NEGLECT – is NOT providing food , clothing, not seeking needed medical attention, etc., for the elderly victim.
EXPLOITING (TAKING ADVANTAGE) – is telling the victim to do something illegal, or bad for them or using “undue influence” to manipulate the actions to benefit themselves. It can be taking money or belongings.
Any type or form of abuse is WRONG. AdvoCare will not tolerate a Caregiver to abuse a client EVER. AdvoCare Caregivers must adhere to strict set rules about abuse. Abuse is a CRIME. Deciding if an action or behavior is abuse is not always easy. All accusations or reports of abuse will be taken very seriously, with a thorough and deep investigation,
To stop abuse before it happens, AdvoCare will:
- Teach how to be safe and educate about abuse
- Assist in making a decision regarding abuse reporting
- Teach Caregivers on rules and laws of abuse
- Encourage social activities
- Educate on recognizing the different types of abuse
- Conduct background checks on all Caregivers
- Encourage clients and caregivers to continue learning more about abuse