Up to 5 million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.6 billion. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. To recognize this day I'd like to bring awareness to an important issue by telling a story that is unfortunately not to uncommon. The other day a call came into our Home Health department from a community member wanting to hear more about our in home services. She relayed that within the last year her Father had become ill and found himself needing daily care. A member of the family had found on Craigslist someone that was looking to barter care giving for room and board. The family had brought this person into the home of their father for the intention of providing companionship and daily assistance. They were pleased that they were able to preserve some of their father's resources by securing help privately. The family now alleges that this person has stolen items from the home and run up their father's credit card. The family was informed by the local police that in order to have this person removed from his home they'd have to secure an eviction notice due to agreement of the exchange of services for room and board. The family is waiting now for the 30 day eviction notice to go through and to then secure arrangements with a professional care giving agency such as Wesley Homes. The benefits of securing a professional agency are substantial. Beyond the fact that the agency absorbs the responsibility of liability insurance and that professional agencies are licensed and bonded, the peace of mind to the client and family are beyond measure. If you know someone who would benefit from professional care, please consider this story. We are happy to field questions and if we aren't the right solution we can provide you with a good referral. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has spearheaded a campaign drawing attention to America's growing elder abuse problem. Please take a moment to view an educational clip sharing the story of Pat, her husband has Alzheimers. Pat's husband was financially exploited while in the early stages of dementia, costing the couple $750,000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeZHyldk2oc&feature=share&list=UUd-6ZmpMkvdd0abwmagBtOQ To get the facts on the campaign visit the NCOA website.