Elder Abuse Investigation
“Only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse is reported.”
-World Health Organization (2019)
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If you have a loved one who is under someone else’s care, in a nursing home or home healthcare, it is important to look for warning signs that may indicate patterns of abuse. Be alert! The suffering of abuse is often in silence. If you notice changes in a senior’s personality or behavior, it is time to take action.
Cause For Concern
Sudden changes in financial situations may be the result of exploitation.
Unexplained withdrawal from normal
activities, a sudden change in alertness, and uncharacteristic depression may be indicators of emotional abuse.
Bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns may be indications of physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment.
Strained or tense relationships, frequent arguments between the caregiver and elderly person.
Signs of withdrawal, fear, anger, and emotional outbursts.
Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, and unusual weight loss are possible indicators of neglect.
Diminished personal care and odor.
“1 in 6 people 60 years and older have experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year.”
World Health Organization (2019)
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