All older people are at risk of exploitation, especially at this extraordinary time. This is particularly so for those with combined hearing and sight loss – DSI.
Ensure that there are measures in place to protect.
A trusted family member managing finances – they may be happy to give a weekly cash amount to a trusted family member if it means support with shopping, etc., and arranging where possible for Direct Debit through the bank.
Look out for potential safeguarding issues. Bruises can be caused by falls, but do not assume, be alert. Sadly, at times of stress, there is evidence to suggest abuse of elders will increase.
If you have safeguarding concerns, first talk to the person. If they agree then make a referral to your local authority’s Safeguarding Team.
Scams, online, by phone, post or on the doorstep are another example of exploitation which may make people with DSI more vulnerable.