Khushi – An elder abuse and neglect prevention service
Shanti Niwas has been running an elder abuse and neglect prevention service called Khushi since 2012.
Naveed Ahmed, a registered social worker who delivers the Khusi service for Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust, told The Indian Weekender about different types of abuse that seniors in our community might experience.
“Generally there are four or five types of elder abuse – physical, emotional, psychological and financial.
“Fortunately we do not have to deal with a large number of physical abuse cases.
“Financial abuse is something we deal with a lot with seniors in our migrant community.
Speaking further about the delivery of Khushi service, Mr Ahmad said, “As a part of Khushi service, as soon as we receive a phone call about a tip or report of elder abuse, we try to make a home visit as soon as possible.”
“We check if there are any safety concerns. If any concerns then we educate the person about what to do and whom to contact and we provide them with all contact details.
“Fortunately we do not receive many calls related to physical abuse.
“In all other, no emergency calls we strive to work professionally by ensuring full confidentiality to our clients, and work with the families and other service providers and support agencies wherever possible,” Mr Ahmad said.
Emphasising further on the importance of working together with the families, wherever possible, Mrs Venkat said, “We understand that in our Indian community keeping families together is also a cherished goal, so we try to balance and be inclusive as much as possible.”
The Shanti Niwas Trust is organising an event Khushi Day to raise awareness in the community.
Date: Saturday 16th June 2018