Scam Awareness and Dementia Care Event
Local at-home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care Chester, held a free Scam Awareness and Dementia Care event to help provide assistance with protecting your loved ones from scams as well as providing some tips on caring for people with dementia.
The event took place on Wednesday, 26th June, at Whitby Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere Port, Two sessions were offered with each providing guidance and tips for looking after people who have dementia,as well as advice to help avoid Scams.
The workshop shared information with attendees on the scale of the problem and the most common scams targeting the elderly, as well as what to do if they have fallen victim to scammers. It also provided practical tips when looking after people with dementia.
In addition to the workshops, Home Instead has put together a ‘Senior Fraud Protection Kit’ which contains information on the most common scams, tools to help assess the risk of an elderly loved one, plus really useful checklists to help seniors take practical action to lower the risk of becoming a victim of a scam.
Chris Broadbent, owner of Home Instead Chester said, "The ‘faceless’ criminals who use email, telephone and post to lure their victims into parting with their life savings, personal banking information and other assets, can prey in particular on the elderly who they see as easy targets for their crimes. However, with better awareness and education I hope that we can alert the community in order to prevent them from becoming victims."
He continued ‘we also thought it appropriate to pass on some tips to the general public which we have learned whilst training our Caregivers who support people with dementia.The presentation we did along with our key tips, seemed to be well-received with those who attended.