Vulnerable adults has the same right as everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect can occur anywhere. And to anyone. We can all become vulnerable in the wrong circumstances.
But what can you do to help?
- In your own home or a public place, while you are in a hospital or attending a day centre.
- Or in a college or care home.
You may be living alone or with others. The person causing the harm may be a stranger to you, but more often than not the person is known, and it can be the case that you usually feel safe with them. The abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults is more common than most of us realise.
If you feel someone you know is showing signs of abuse, talk to them to see if there’s anything you can do to help. If they’re being abused, they may not want to talk about it straight away especially if they’ve become used to making excuses for their injuries or change in personality.
Don’t ignore your concerns, though. That could allow any abuse to carry on or escalate.
Call the local council and ask for the adult safeguarding co-ordinator or you can call The Action on Elder Abuse helpline, free and in confidence, on: 0808 808 8141.
As ever, a pair of well-considered Lasting Powers of Attorney with the right attorneys to look after you will give you and your family a head start in avoiding these issues. But if your concerns are ignored, it is good to know that your attorneys can step in to help in the right circumstances. If it is too late for Lasting Powers of Attorney, we can help with Court of Protection applications.