There are some simple steps you can take to minimise your own risk of abuse
know your rights (including your right to make your own decisions)
stay on top of your financial affairs and inform as many trusted people as possible of your wishes. A qualified financial adviser can provide confidential advice (see resources below)
keep in touch with family and friends and stay active in your community
increase your online confidence and skills (see resources below)
plan ahead and write down what you want to happen.
How can you help to protect others?
Listening is an extraordinarily effective approach to protecting others. The voices of older people often remain unheard and their stories are frequently dismissed as ‘unreliable’, especially older people who live with dementia or other cognitive conditions.
Documents and external links
Learn more about how to protect yourself. These documents and websites offer help, strategies, and practical information. Brief descriptions are provided for each document or link.
Steps I can take to protect myself
Read the resources on the Compass website to understand the steps you can take to minimise the risk of abuse and keep your independence.
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