Keep victims of elder abuse safe

by Cedar Village
Keep victims of elder abuse safe
Social Worker Kim Bauer Greets Victims at the Door
Social Worker Kim Bauer Greets Victims at the Door

When elder abuse victims find their way to the Shalom Center, Social Worker Kim Bauer says “they come to us with nothing. They’ve left all their belongings behind and don’t even have a change of clothing.” These seniors are desperately trying to extricate themselves from any number of intolerable situations. Bauer notes, “we’ve had a man who was physically abused by his family. He was taken by the head and slammed around. We had another lady whose family wasn’t feeding her and was taking her money.”  In yet another case, a woman was being physically abused by her husband.

For the past five years, the Shalom Center has assisted--free of charge-- more than 20 seniors age 65 or above, who have been the victims of elder abuse in some form. The Center is the only elder abuse shelter in the tri-state (the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Greater Cincinnati area) and one of only 13 such facilities in the entire nation.

Elder abuse is a hidden crime, one not often acknowledged in our society or even reported. The National Council on Aging estimates that one in every 10 Americans age 60 or beyond has experienced some form of elder abuse or neglect. Some estimates say the number of victims could be as high as five million older Americans per year. But it’s estimated that only one in every 14 cases is reported to authorities. 

Cedar Village, a Mason, Ohio-based non-profit organization assisting people 50 and better, founded and operates the Shalom Center at an undisclosed location. Two Cedar Village staff members, Social Worker Bauer and the organization’s admissions director, decide together whether a candidate is an appropriate fit for the temporary shelter. Referrals must come from hospitals, police agencies or adult protective services. Bauer is at the door to greet elder abuse victims when they arrive at the facility.  She said most of the seniors who come through the door are very grateful that they no longer have to suffer. Often they are uncertain about what is going to happen to them. But Bauer reassures them that everything is going to be alright. Often she will go out and buy clothing for the new arrivals.

Once admitted, Shalom Center residents are permitted to stay for 90-120 days. As soon as a new resident arrives, Cedar Village creates a plan for the kinds of services that person will need for the long-term. During their time at the Center,   abuse victims and their abusers are not allowed to have any contact.

The Shalom Center offers health care, supportive services and a coordinated system of care, including shelter, food and clothing. Counseling services include medical attention; legal, financial and psychological counseling.

Victims can prosecute their physical, sexual, emotional or financial abusers. The Shalom Center can help them find the appropriate legal services.

The focus is on getting residents out of their abusive situation and helping them make a fresh start. The staff works hard to help them work through their issues. If they have been financially exploited, they get assistance setting up a new bank account.

 Social Worker Bauer emphasized that “most are very appreciative when they’re discharged. They feel that we’ve given them a new lease on life.” They leave with a “care” package that is tailored to their needs, whether it be furniture or simple household items such as a shower curtain, basic toiletries, paper towels etc. 

Because all of these services are offered at no cost, the Center relies on monetary and in-kind donations from the community in order to continue its vital work for seniors who desperately need help and have no other place to which they can turn. The grant from GlobalGiving is another indispensable source of revenue to keep the Shalom Center running.

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The Shalom Center for Elder Abuse

 

The Shalom Center for the prevention of elder abuse, operated in partnership with Cedar Village, is the only shelter for victims of elder abuse in the tri-state area and one of only 13 in the nation.  All of the services provided at the Shalom Center are completely free to those in need.  As there is no cost, help from the community and all donations continues to be vital.  Victims age 65 and better are able to heal safely and confidentially here.

 

Challenge:

 

Elder Abuse has come to the surface even more intensely recently, with the changes in healthcare insurance.  Financial, psychological, emotional and physical abuse in elders has become rampant.  Unfortunately, most of these victims have nowhere to turn.  Some of the wonderful people who are aware of this heinous problem, would like to help but do not know what they can do.  We need to get the word out.

 

Solution:

 

Raise awareness among healthcare providers, law enforcement and social services agencies like Aging Adult Protective Services.

 

The education process reaches out to agencies working with older adults and to other parties who provide non-health related services such as doormen, superintendents, meals on wheels staff, cablevision, beauty parlors, mailpersons, banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.

 

Help everyone to understand the problem and resources available to our community and beyond.

 

The Shalom Center is one of the very few places locally, in which abused elders can have a safe and secure place to go, with people who genuinely care, and many services right at their fingertips.

 

Cedar Village had an extremely successful event as its 2017 Shalom Sprint raised funds, spirits and awareness for the Shalom Center.  The Cedar Village Shalom Sprint involved the community, friends and families, therefore, providing the ability to spread the word beyond its boundaries.  It was held at a public park and everyone was welcome to participate.  With this event, the word was spread throughout the community, and continues to do so.

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We are the champions!!
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2016 Shalom Sprint
2016 Shalom Sprint

The Shalom Center For Elder Abuse

The Shalom Center for the prevention of elder abuse, operated in partnership with Cedar Village, is the only shelter for victims of elder abuse in the tri-state area and one of only 13 in the nation.  All of the services provided at the Shalom Center are completely free to those in need.  As there is no cost, help from the community and all donations continues to be vital.  Victims age 65 and better are able to heal safely and confidentially here.

Challenge:

The National Council on Aging estimates that one in every 10 Americans aged 60 or beyond has experienced some form of elder abuse or neglect.  Some estimates say the number of victims could be as high as 5 million older Americans per year, and it’s estimated that only one in every 14 cases is reported to authorities.

Solution:

Raise awareness among healthcare providers, law enforcement and social services agencies like Aging Adult Protective Services.

The education process reaches out to agencies working with older adults and two other parties who provide non-health related services such as doormen, superintendents, meals on wheels staff, cablevision, beauty parlors, mailpersons, banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.

Help everyone to understand the problem and resources available for our community.

Cedar Village had its most successful event as its 2016 Shalom Sprint raised funds, spirits and awareness for the Shalom Center.

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Each year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of physical, sexual, psychological, & financial abuse and/or neglect. Many individuals do not realize a loved one or caregiver is abusing them physically, mentally, emotionally, etc…until it is too late. Cedar Village and the Shalom Center partner with community agencies, law enforcement, hospitals, and many others to raise awareness in the community to encourage early intervention and provide a safety net for vulnerable older adults

The Shalom Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is the first emergency elder abuse shelter in the state of Ohio, the only shelter for victims of elder abuse in the tri-state area, & 1 of only 12 in the nation. Other local programs are ill-equipped for the special needs of the elderly. The Shalom Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse operates through partnering with Cedar Village and the location is kept confidential. The team at Cedar Village manages & funds every aspect of the counseling & care delivered so people age 65 & better suffering from abuse or neglect are able to heal safely at no cost to themselves.Throughout their stay, individuals in the Shalom Center receive necessary services- including a full range of health care and supportive services and a coordinated system of psychological, spiritual, and legal care.

Funds raised for the Shalom Center are used to offset costs incurred for medical care, social services, nursing care, therapy, and other necessary items. Often, elder abuse victims arrive to the Shalom Center with only the clothes they are wearing. Your support helps us meet the critical need of providing care & support to victims of elder abuse while ensuring our ability to continue breaking the cycle of abuse and provides those in need with items they need to begin their life again.

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The Shalom Center for the Prevention of Elder Abuse operates through partnering with Cedar Village. It is the first emergency elder abuse shelter in the state of Ohio, the only shelter for victims of elder abuse in the tri-state area, & 1 of only 12 in the nation. The location where at risk seniors are housed is kept confidential. The team at Cedar Village manages & funds every aspect of the counseling & care delivered so people age 65 & better suffering from abuse or neglect are able to heal safely at no cost to themselves.

Each year an estimated 1 in 10 older Americans are victims of physical, sexual, psychological, & financial abuse and/or neglect. Other local programs are ill-equipped for the special needs of the elderly.  Your support helps us meet the critical need of providing care & support to victims of elder abuse while ensuring our ability to continue breaking the cycle of abuse.

Throughout their stay, individuals in the Shalom Center receive necessary services- including a full range of health care and supportive services and a coordinated system of psychological, spiritual, and legal care. Integration into community activities, services, and programs is also encouraged for the highest quality of life and overall well being.

Many individuals do not realize a loved one or caregiver is abusing them physically, mentally, emotionally, etc…until it is too late. Cedar Village and the Shalom Center partner with community agencies, law enforcement, hospitals, and many others to raise awareness in the community to encourage early intervention and provide a safety net for vulnerable older adults.

Funds raised for the Shalom Center are used to offset costs incurred for medical care, social services, nursing care, therapy, and other necessary items. Often, elder abuse victims arrive to the Shalom Center with only the clothes they are wearing. Your donation will help provide those in need with items they need to begin their life again.

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Cedar Village

Location: Mason, Ohio - USA
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Stew Bromberg
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Stew Bromberg
Mason, OH United States

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