What is Elderly Abuse & How Can You Effectively Report it?
Is your elderly loved one being abused by their in-home care provider?
What are the tell-tale signs?
How can you protect your loved one?
Types of Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) recognizes seven main types of senior abuse. Some neglect or emotional abuse, may be more difficult to notice or prove than physical abuse.
- Physical abuse – is the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment.
- Sexual Abuse - any type of nonconsensual sexual action toward a senior.
- Emotional Abuse - the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts.
- Financial or material exploitation- is when an abuser steals or mismanages a senior’s money or possessions.
- Neglect - the refusal to provide a dependent senior with necessities like food, water, appropriate shelter, hygiene, and medicine.
- Abandonment - is a more extreme version of neglect, in which a caregiver who’s assumed responsibility for someone deserts them.
- Self-Neglect - is when a senior engages in behaviors that are harmful to their health or safety, like refusing to eat, drink, take prescribed medicine, or perform regular hygiene.
Tell-Tale Signs You Should Look For
If you’re worried about your loved ones getting abused or taken advantage of in their care, you may need to educate yourself with things that could be a red flag. Examples include: bruising, confusion, depression, bedsores, unexpected negative reaction to touch, unexplained venereal diseases, unwillingness to speak.
If you notice any of these signs, take note! This could come in handy if you need to report elder abuse to keep your loved one safe.
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