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How to avoid elder abuse and mistreatment

World Elder Abuse Awareness Week will be marked by an event aimed at carers, older residents and patients with the theme of helping older people to be safe.

The event, at St Thomas Hospital on Tuesday June 15, is open to all those with an interest in this vital issue.

It is being organised by Lambeth and Southwark Safeguarding Adult Partnership Boards together with Guys, St Thomas’ and Kings Hospitals. Agencies such as the police, health and social services, the fire service and trading standards will be there to give advice and support.

Held in the Main Hall at St Thomas’, the initiative will give people the opportunity to talk to front line staff such as nurses and police officers on what older people and their carers and loved ones can do to keep them safe and well.

Advice will be given on a wide range of issues, from managing medicines to avoiding falls, cold callers and telephone and mail scams.

“Abuse of older people can take a variety of forms and can be very difficult to detect,” said Jo Cleary, Lambeth Council Executive Director for Adults’ and Community Services. “Raising awareness and providing advice and information is an important part of combating this. If you, or some-one you know, would benefit from this event, please join us.”

The event is open to all and will run from 1.00pm – 3.00pm in the Main Hall at St Thomas’ on Tuesday 15 June. For more information about the event please contact Jane Gregory on 020 7926 7707 or email jgregory@lambeth.gov.uk.

If you are worried that an older person is being mistreated or abused in Lambeth please contact Lambeth Council on 02079265555 or email safeguarding-adults@lambeth.gov.uk.

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