The holiday season is a joyous time and you don’t want to think of anything potentially negative happening.
Unfortunately, this is not always how it turns out, and as a family caregiver, it is important to not only be aware that these risks do exist, but also to take steps to prevent them from impacting your senior. Elderly adults are more vulnerable to fraud and scams than younger people, which means your parent could become a victim of fraud that takes away the happiness of the season and can even negatively influence their lives for years to come.
Some ways you can protect your senior from fraud during the holiday season include:
-Never purchase “designer” or “luxury” goods from a street vendor or individual. Even if these products look real, they are likely knock-offs with the retail price tag.
-Put alerts on all credit and debit cards so your parent or you get an email or text alert any time the account is used to make a purchase. This allows you to closely monitor when accounts are used and quickly detect unauthorized purchases.
-Make sure your senior knows how to recognize an authentic, encrypted site. A common form of fraud involves criminals creating websites that look like they belong to a major retailer and collecting money from unwitting consumers. They may then use their financial information to empty accounts, get new credit cards, and perform other forms of fraud.
-Remind your parent their bank will never contact them and ask for their personal information. If they get a text message, email, or other communication asking for their account number, PIN, or their social security number, they should not reply to it and should immediately get in touch with their bank.
-Never use an ATM or input a PIN when there is someone standing close or using their cell phone near you.
-Never share any financial or personal information online, including through emails.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be one of the most meaningful roles you have in your life. This is a time for you to show your parent how much you love and value them, and to give back for all the care they gave you when you were growing up. This means you want to do the very best for your senior, and elderly care can help you do that.
An elderly home care services provider ensures your parent is able to live the life that is right for them. This means enjoying more independence, handling more of their own tasks, being able to stay more active, and concentrating more on their parent-child relationship with you rather than only thinking about their care needs when you are together.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Homecare in Haverford, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.