26 AUGUST 2013
Sons and daughters are increasingly being accused of abusing an elderly parent, according to a new report.
Among the cases of elder abuse referred to the HSE over the course of 2011, as many as 46pc were the older person's own child.
That figure is up from 43pc the previous year and underlines that, despite the nursing home scandals of the last decade, the most frightening place for an older person can be their own home.
There were 2,750 alleged cases brought to the attention of the health authority over the course of the year with psychological and financial abuse the most dominant.
Eight in 10 of the abusers operated independently – the highest recorded level since recording started in 2007.
Men acting alone account for 48pc of cases, while women made up more than one-third. In 47pc of cases, the alleged abuser and victim were living together.
Other abusers were the partner, husband or wife, a relative, neighbour and carer.
A son or daughter can be particularly abusive in the area of neglect. Spouses were most likely to engage in physical abuse. Those who take financial advantage are often not living with their victim.
SOURCE: The Independent
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