At SAHARA we believe that every member of the community should be treated with respect and dignity, and we provide comprehensive elderly care services to our older adults.
“Elder abuse” is much more common than we think. It may include physical, emotional, sexual abuse along with financial profiteering, by the people who are fully in charge of their wellbeing.
In the last year over a half a million older Americans reported abuse, however many other cases go unnoticed and unreported. As older adults become more vulnerable, they can’t take care of themselves, and are unable to stand up to the abuser.
Mental, physical and emotional illnesses can make older adults easy targets for people around them. They might not hear or see as good as they used to which may allow them to be targeted by unethical people, who take advantage of them.
Elder abuse usually takes place where the person resides – in a home or institutional setting. The abuser is usually an adult child, grandchild, spouse, partner. In institutionalized setting it could be the caregivers or staff, who are abusing the older adults.
At SAHARA we believe that our elders deserve to live their life with dignity, respect and free from physical, emotional, abandonment, financial and sexual abuse. SAHARA helps elders within the South Asian Community by providing them with a safe, healthy and harmonious space.
If you suspect or see signs of elder abuse, it is important to speak up and report the abuse.
Everyone deserves to live a life of dignity and respect.
Please contact SAHARA immediately if:
- Elder person suddenly becomes fearful, depressed, anxious, confused and disoriented.
- Elder person looks malnourished, has unexplained bruises, injuries which are not being taken care of.
- Has signs of untreated severe bed sores and poor hygiene.
- Elder person stays isolated and withdrawn from others.
- Caregiver is using victim’s finances and public benefits for their own benefits.
Our Older Adult Specialist, Bilal Kazmi discusses safety and what to do during the shutdown, especially for older adults.
IF YOU ARE FACING A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, CALL 911
For support and services call SAHARA at 562-402-4132
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
24 Hour Toll-Free Helpline
If you would like to know more about SAHARA or help us continue to provide these services, please give us a call at 562-402-4132 or contact us.
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