17 November 2010

New report on elder abuse is a cause for huge concern and needs Government action – Fitzgerald

Local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has expressed her concern at a new report on elder abuse which documents a significant rise in the number of older people reporting being abused.
Elder abuse can take a variety of forms including financial abuse.
Speaking on this issue in the Senate, Senator Fitzgerald said, “It is upsetting to think that older people in society who worked tirelessly for this country now have to endure financial abuse. I am calling on the Government to put in a place a strategy for tackling elder abuse and empowering older people and their families to tackle it.”

“Locally, I would urge any of my constituents in Lucan, Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Newcastle or Palmerstown who experience elder abuse – of any form – to report it to the HSE. All referrals of alleged elder abuse to the HSE are treated in confidence and, as much as possible, handled in a way that respects the wishes of the older person. The aim of the service is to ensure the safety and well-being of an older person while providing support to stop the abusive behaviour. Anyone who is being abused, or is concerned about abuse, should talk to someone they trust or they can contact the HSE Information Line on 1850 24 1850 Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm or contact a health professional such as GP, Public Health Nurse or Social Worker,” concluded Senator Fitzgerald.