How To Spot Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is described by the following acts among family and members of the household, any nursing home staff or any individual.

– When somebody attempts or causes physical injury to an elder
– When the family member or staff of a nursing home try to or is trying to place an elder in terror or alarm of physical harm by torment, threat or harassment
– When one is convincing or persuading an elder by strength or intimidation to participate in a certain act from which the elder has the right to withhold
– When one meaningfully confines the movements of an elder without his consent
– Threatening the elder to a crime of violence

1. Detecting Abuse:

– Burn markings from cigarette
– Black eye, lacerations, bruises or cuts that can not be explained
– Rope marks, a sign that the elder had been tied or slashed upon
– Hair loss, a sign that the elder’s hair was pulled
– Bodily sores and wounds
– Fingernails that are broken
– The elder’s skin is very poor condition
– Fractures of the bone
– Bite marks
– Eye glasses are broken
– Laboratory results are positive of drug overdose
– The elder displays a sudden change of behavior
– The care giver refuses to allow visitors to see the elder

2. Signs Of Neglect:

– Sores are untreated
– Displays significant signs of malnutrition
– May show signs of insanity
– Lack of personal hygiene care

3. Signs Of Emotional Abuse:

– May display a nervous behavior
– Constantly be disturbed or upset
– Displays a negative attitude
– Always in anxiety
– Demonstrate signs of insecurity, such as constant sucking or biting of the fingers

4. Financial Abuse:

– Unknown withdrawal from the elder’s account
– Unusual ATM withdrawals and switching of accounts
– The elder tend to withdraw money often
– The elder does not receive his pension or Social Security check from the mail
– The elder, without any valid reason, revises his will and changes his beneficiary
– The elder unexplainably signs contracts that results to unwanted financial commitment
– Signature was forged
– The elder has plenty of unpaid bill, despite his assets that can very well cover the bill
– Strange credit card charges

5. Signs Of Sexual Abuse

– Mysterious and unexplained genital infection
– Anal or vaginal bleeding that can not be explained
– Ripped underwear
– The elder may tell someone that she has been sexually abused
– Genitals are bruised
– The elder may report that her care giver is showing her pornographic materials
– The report of the elder that she is forced to touch someone’s genitals, observe sexual acts, tell dirty stories and pose nude for a picture


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6. How Can You Prevent Abuse To Yourself As An Elder?

– Keep and continue contacts with friends and neighbors
– Work out on a buddy system with other elders in the home
– Be active socially, do not be in isolation
– Protest and speak up if you are not happy or contented with the way your caregiver or other family member treats you. Tell somebody
– Request your friends and other relatives to visit you often
– Open your mail personally
– Never sign anything unless it was reviewed by someone that you trust
– Always review your will once in a while
– Coordinate so that your pension or Social Security check be deposited directly to your bank account than being sent by mail

7. How Can You Prevent Abuse To Others?

– Pay attention. Be wary and look out for signals that might point towards abuse
– Call your loved one as frequently as possible
– Visit your loved one often and make certain that she is well taken cared of
– Always be open to your loved one, taking the time to always talk to her and assure her that you are there to help and can be trusted
– Get permission to periodically look into your loved one’s bank accounts as well as credit card statements for unauthorized withdrawals or transactions


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