In this day and age, with people living longer, chances are you or someone you know is helping to care for an elderly parent or family member. It is a situation that many of us here at Whitaker Brothers, myself included, are very familiar with.
Naturally we want to do everything we can to make their days as stress-free as possible. As one gets older it’s very easy for paperwork to accumulate. My own grandmother who lived well into her eighties, saved years and years of bank statements, tax returns, old medical documents, not to mention personal items such as cards and letters from loved ones. Sorting through all those items can be a daunting task not only for the person it belongs to but for the family as well. It’s easy to just want to box up all of that unwanted paper and toss it out by the curb, which can make your loved ones prime targets for identity theft. In fact, identity thieves look for just that scenario.
An added threat for seniors is the potential for medical identity theft. By stealing a person's medical ID thieves can scam insurance companies and medical providers out of money and services which in turn could deny your loved one the care that they need or even possibly alter their medical records.
A personal shredder is the best defense against having your loved one’s private information falling into the wrong hands. At Whitaker Brothers, we offer several shredders that are perfect for home use. Here are a few that we highly recommend.