Safety, as a topic, is much broader than you might think. If you’re like me, safety concerns bring to mind things like tripping hazards, falls, burns, cuts, choking, etc. The definition below explains how it encompasses so much more.
“…the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered non-desirable. Safety can also be defined to be the control of recognized hazards to achieve an acceptable level of risk. This can take the form of being protected from the event or from exposure to something that causes health or economical losses…” ~Wikipedia
How can we possibly protect our family member from all these dangers? It’s a monumental task, but there are steps we can take to reduce the risks:
1. Educate ourselves about the various types of threats
Dangers can come into our lives in many ways: mail, phone, door, internet, on the street, sales people, strangers, evangelists, and even family and friends. We don’t want to be overly fearful, but recognizing the possibilities can be key to identifying and resolving the issues.
2. Learn to recognize the signs
We should be alert to signals such as: changes in attitude, behavior, billing statements, bank balances, physical appearance, mental state, and disappearance of valuables.
3. Know what action to take
You are not alone. Enlist the aid of others; there’s strength in numbers. Learn who to notify in authority, what agencies can help, and what immediate actions may be necessary.
We’ll tackle these issues in depth with the following topics of upcoming posts:
- Home Safety
- In and around their residence
- Physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, psychological
- Health Fraud
- Medications, false billings, false diagnoses
- Internet, door to door, phone
- Basic needs, special accommodations
- Financial Exploitation
- Identity theft, credit card abuse, banking
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