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(Placerville, CA) - Many people do not get to see their loved ones as often as they would like. The holidays offer an opportunity to not only reconnect with and visit parents, grandparents and other loved ones, but to ensure that they are staying safe. "If you are visiting your loved one and become concerned about their wellbeing, particularly if you suspect they may be a victim of neglect, self-neglect or abuse, please reach out for assistance," said Laura Walny, Manager with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency.
According to Walny, some older adults, particularly those that live alone, may not notice gradual changes in their health or living situation that could put them at risk. Family members can play an important role in helping their older loved ones identify risks and vulnerabilities, and to come up with a plan together to keep them safe. If individuals or families have concerns, they are encouraged to reach out to Adult Protective Services to ask questions and get information on the services and supports that are available in the County. Having conversations early on can help prevent a situation from becoming a crisis.
Common Signs of Self Neglect
If the older adult lives alone and does not have anyone providing assistance, self-neglect may become an issue. An older adult may be experiencing self-neglect if they:
Common Signs of Neglect or Abuse by Others
If the older adult lives with others or has someone coming in to help, neglect or abuse may become an issue. The following may be signs of neglect or abuse by others:
El Dorado County Adult Protective Services can offer guidance and support, and connect individuals and families to services and resources to help stabilize an unsafe situation. "We can help individuals navigate the service delivery system, provide an in-person assessment if needed, and help families troubleshoot situations to support the health and safety of our community," said Walny.
For more information on available resources, please contact El Dorado County Adult Protective Services at (530) 642-4800 or visit www.edcgov.us/hhsa. During an emergency, please call 911 or contact the nearest law enforcement agency.
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