Home Instead Senior Care is a private sector organisation who provide high quality companionship, home help and personal care for elderly or other vulnerable people who want to live as independently and for as long as possible in the comfort of their own homes.
There are a growing number of scams directed at elderly people and other vulnerable groups, both nationally and in the Cleveland area. The project will aim to help ‘Protect Elderly People from Fraud’ by running over 200 workshops for interested groups / community collectives. Workshops will raise awareness and inform people about fraud, together with providing tools and advice to help people avoid being affected by these increasing activities. Home Instead Senior Care nationally is a major partner with the national ‘Think Jessica’ charity (also associated with Cleveland Police) and the Alzheimers Society and have produced presentation materials, a ‘toolkit’ as well as hand-out booklets and checklists to be communicated with and distributed to local communities and interested groups via the local franchise network of independent offices around the country. The project aims to work with local agencies such as libraries, Neighbourhood Police, Community Groups, Independent Living Facilities, Voluntary and Interest Groups such as the Women’s Institute, Royal Voluntary Service, Age UK, Trading Standards, Community Centres and any and every other interested group involved with protecting and enhancing the lives, interests and wellbeing of elderly people.
Promotion will be via community networking and media. The project will deliver over 200 presentations to over 5000 people directly. Vulnerable people, specifically the elderly, across the region will be direct beneficiaries of the information and toolkits. Benefits will be via the reduction in the propensity for crime and the fear of crime as well as avoiding the devastating emotional, financial and physical trauma of the effects of being scammed.