Older people once again at heightened risk of abuse and neglect on eve of second lockdown

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On the eve of a second national lockdown to help slow the spread of coronavirus, Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse), has warned that older people are again at heightened risk of abuse, neglect and isolation.


Veronica Gray, Deputy CEO of Hourglass said:


“We must once again warn of the increased risk of abuse and neglect faced by older people as we head into a second UK wide lockdown.”


“There is a real danger from increased isolation over the next four weeks and beyond as the normal societal safeguards and regular community contact disappears.”


“We would urge people to stay in touch with older family members now more than ever before and for older people to use their care network to stay safe.”


“If you have any concerns about an older person you think might be being abused or neglected, please call the Hourglass helpline on 0808 808 8141. At a time when public services will be increasingly stretched, it’s more important than ever that we look out for all those we know who could be suffering and isolated.”