The covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives. One of the most overlooked aspects of how the pandemic has altered our lives is the pandemic has led to increased reports of elder abuse and mistreatment. Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ guidelines to provide appropriate care, various reports exist of clients dying in long-term facilities without access to family members. The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life organization also reports that elder abuses are utilizing the threat of the pandemic to provide misinformation to people. To better prepare elderly individuals and loved ones for navigating the current climate, this article reviews some critical details about elder abuse during the covid-19 pandemic.
# 1 – The Pandemic Has Led to an Increase in the Risk for Elder Abuse
The pandemic has led to an increase in the rate at which elder abuse is occurring for several reasons. On its simplest terms, the pandemic has resulted in elderly individuals being further isolated than ever before. Elderly individuals also have reduced access to healthcare as well as other essential services due to the pandemic. Consequently, abusers are more likely to get away with abusing elderly individuals. The pandemic has also reduced access to respite services for caregivers and increased that make individuals likely to be abusive. Consequently, the atmosphere is riper than ever for elderly abuse.