At Silks we believe everyone matters, and none more so than the elderly and vulnerable.
It is significant that exactly a decade ago it was recognised world wide that abuse of the elderly was a growing issue that needed to be addressed. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organisation at the United Nations.
Ten years on, rather than seeing less abuse, more and more incidents of abuse seem to be coming into the spotlight. Action on Elder Abuse has reported that in excess of 300,000 of the over-65s will suffer some sort of abuse. Abuse can take many different forms: financial exploitation, the abuse of neglect as well as physical abuse. It includes abuse that takes place in hospitals, day centers, a care home or nursing home, and even in the victim’s own home. What is significant is that often abuse goes unnoticed and unreported. The abused feels too frightened to speak out or ashamed at what has happened, particularly if the abuser is a close friend or relative in a caring role for them.
At Silks, we take time to get to know our elderly and vulnerable clients, many of whom live locally in the Black Country. We visit local care homes and other organisations that cater for the elderly to meet folk and talk about the work we do. We meet one to one with older persons and make sure we take the time to put them at their ease so that we can give the best advice and act in their best interests. We comply with the SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) code of conduct and have our own protocol for dealing with our older clients. We keep up to date with developments in the law concerning the elderly and make sure we always take proper precautions to put clients at ease and facilitate their understanding of the many issues facing them in their later years.
If you want to put your affairs in order and need impartial advice on any matter that concerns you: be it a Will; Lasting Power of Attorney; Ownership of Property, or maybe even a loved one has died, Silks would like to help you.
If you suspect a friend or a relative is being abused please get in touch and we will put you in the right direction to try and resolve this. We know it is hard to fight abuse and will work hard to expose any cause of abuse and achieve justice for our clients
If you would like us to come and talk to your group or organisation which involves elderly and vulnerable again please get in touch to see if we can help.
Abuse is a dirty word and for good reason – it should not happen. However, to go unreported and not be talked about is even worse as it perpetuates the situation.
With World Elder Abuse Day on 15th June 2016 please make now the time to act to prevent further abuse and ensure you get the proper advice from properly qualified people.