Physical Abuse is any act causing harm. Hitting, shoving, pinching, biting, slapping or inappropriate use of restraints are all forms of physical abuse.
Possible Signs of Physical
Emotional Abuse refers to one person subjecting another to confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, or other acts which can harm them, elicit fear, or diminish feelings of self-worth.
Possible Signs of Emotional
Sexual Abuse is manipulating or coercing an elder person to perform sexual acts of any kind.
Possible Signs of Sexual Abuse
Elder Neglect is failing to fulfill responsibilities as a caregiver. Neglect can take many forms and may include withholding nourishment, medication, hygienic care, exercise, and social stimulation. Whether intentional or not, the impact of these behaviors on the elder is the same.
Possible Signs of Neglect
Financial Abuse refers to the misuse of or intentional stealing the assets of an elder through deception, harassment, duress and/or threats. Common examples include theft, fraud, transfer of real estate or other assets, lottery or investment scams, electronic (email bank passwords).
Possible Signs of Financial
What to do if you suspect abuse of any kind? Call Adult Protective
Services (http://www.napsa-now.org/get-help/how-aps-helps/) and file a report.
If the suspected abuse is occurring inside a care facility, contact your local
Ombudsmen (https://www.state.gov/s/ombudsman). This may be done on the phone or
in person and if you desire, can remain anonymous. Alerting
Watch for our post next week “Knowing How to Get Help When an Elder Shows Signs of Abuse.”
If you have any questions or would like to be in touch with a Senior Care Authority Advisor in your area call (888) 854-3910 for a no-cost phone consultation. We have many resources to share with you including subjects that are found in this article. You can also find a local advisor on our website at www.seniorcareauthority.com.
Written by Jennifer Smit
State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources