Safeguarding Older People with Think Jessica

Jeremy Pilkington and Members of The Pilkington Family Trust
Jeremy Pilkington and Members of The Pilkington Family Trust

Senior Fraud Protection is the latest Public Education Programme being rolled out across West Lancashire by Home Instead Senior Care. Launched in January 2014 the Senior Fraud Protection programme is designed to safeguard older people and their families from the many scams that could jeopardise not only their life savings, but also their health-wellbeing and independence. 

As part of the programme Home Instead are partnering with Think Jessica.  Think Jessica is a charity that is committed to making people aware of the danger and financial implications caused by postal and telephone scams.  It aims to educate, prevent, protect and support victims and their families.

Think Jessica was founded by Marilyn Baldwin after her late mother, Jessica, had been scammed for 5 years.  Marilyn kindly attended the last Home Instead conference and gave a heart-warming account of the anguish, stress and trauma that her mother Jessica endured, along with the rest of her wider family.

Gail Godson Director of Home Instead goes on to say “We are very proud to partner with Think Jessica and hope the relationship with Home Instead and Think Jessica will help to raise awareness and prevent more elderly people from being scammed in such a callous way. Marilyn was recently awarded an OBE by the Queen and was ITV’s Woman of the Year 2013.

We want to get the message out and are willing to present in every town or village and work with every group or society in the area.Our most recent presentation was to a family trustee, management, staff and local members of The Pilkington Family Trust.  Kath Shaw Activity Co-ordinator at The Pilkington Family Trust goes on to say ‘everyone found it really interesting and this made them more aware of what can happen to unsuspecting and vulnerable people’.

If you would like to know more about the scam awareness public education programme, or want to book a free presentation then please call Home Instead on 01695 589071.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home