The HSE has launched “Open Your Eyes”, a new information campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse, particularly financial abuse. As part of the campaign the HSE is running a radio and print campaign and has developed a leaflet aimed particularly at older people and their families.
There are several forms of abuse, any or all of which may be perpetrated as the result of deliberate intent, negligence or ignorance:
- Physical abuse, including hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, or physical restraint
- Financial or material abuse, including theft, fraud, exploitation, pressure in connection with wills, power of attorney, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.
- Sexual abuse, including sexual assault or sexual acts to which the older adult has not consented, could not consent, or was compelled to consent.
- Psychological abuse, including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, intimidation or coercion.
- Neglect and acts of omission, including ignoring medical or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, social care or educational services, the withholding of medication, adequate nutrition or heating.
- Discriminatory abuse, including ageism, racism, sexism, that based on a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment.
People can get information on accessing help or order a leaflet by telephoning the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850. Leaflets are also accessible online on www.hse.ie
SOURCE: Health Service Executive
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