The United Nations has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, financial, and emotional abuse of elders and seniors.
According to the United Nations website, elder abuse "is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community."
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day's Fourth Global Summit was held on June 15, 2018, in Washington, DC, and Roanoke residents Michelle Belton and Melissa Anderson were in attendance. Michelle Belton, a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Certified Alzheimer Educator (CAEd), is the owner of Companion Home Care Inc, a Roanoke-based provider of senior home care services which specializes in home care for seniors with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.
Melissa Anderson, a former Marine, joined Companion Home Care Inc as a senior caregiver in 2017 and was quickly promoted to Office Manager of Companion Home Care Inc's downtown Roanoke headquarters.
Anderson and Belton attended the event, held at the Securities and Exchange Commission building, in order to educate themselves on the latest advances in combating elder abuse, as well as to join the discussion with their own insights from their 20+ years of experience in senior home care.
"Elder abuse is a serious problem, and we as home care providers are right on the front lines of it. I was elated to see such a diverse group people, not from just our country but from all over the world, come together to find solutions to these issues," said Ms. Belton.
To learn more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, visit the National Adult Protective Services Association website at http://www.napsa-now.org/.
Companion Home Care Inc
424 Campbell Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
About Companion Home Care Inc:
Companion Home Care is a senior home health care, adult care, and child care provider based in Roanoke, VA. Our motto is to provide a "better class of companion for a better quality of life". We accomplish this by hiring the best, most qualified caregivers, and using our knowledge and experience to craft a personalized home care plan for our clients, then match clients with the perfect caregiver based on client needs, personality, and skills required.
Our caregivers help seniors age gracefully, cope with Alzheimer's, dementia, and illnesses, and enjoy healthy and happy lives from the comfort of their own homes. In addition to senior home health care, we also provide home care for adults and children with disabilities, traumatic brain injury and diseases, physical injuries, and special needs in Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Bedford, and surrounding areas of southwest Virginia.