Warning Signs of Abuse

Physical abuse of elderly

Warning Signs of Physical Abuse

> Unexplained signs of injury, such as bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two sides of the body
> Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
> An apparent failure to take medication regularly (a prescription has more remaining than it should)
> Broken eyeglasses or frames
> Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists
> Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the elder alone

Neglect of Elderly

Warning Signs of Neglect

> Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
> Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
> Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
> Being left dirty or unbathed 
> Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
> Unsafe living conditions (no running water; faulty electrical wiring; other fire hazards)
> Desertion of the elder at a public place

Emotional Abuse of Elderly

Emotional Abuse of Elderly

> Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior
> Behavior from the elder that mimics dementia, such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to themselves

Financial Exploitation of Elderly

Financial Exploitation of Elderly

> Significant withdrawals from the elder’s accounts
> Sudden changes in the elder’s financial condition
> Items or cash missing from the senior’s household
> Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies
> Addition of names to the senior’s signature card Financial activity the senior couldn’t have undertaken, such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is bedridden
> Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions

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