Recognizing the Signs of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can happen to anyone and can occur anywhere. It can occur at home, in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or even community centers. As we age, we become physically frail and may be less likely or unable to fight back against certain abuse while mentally, we may even lose the ability to recognize we are being abused.

Unfortunately, elder abuse happens more often in relationship based on trust and can be either intentional or unintentional. Surprisingly, it is most often caused by the individual’s own family members.

Warning signs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Emotional Abuse: Unexplained changes in behavior, becoming withdrawn from activities previously enjoyed, having a primary caregiver that is verbally aggressive or demeaning.
  • Sexual Abuse: Depressed or withdrawn behavior, bruises around the breasts or genitals, unexplained sexual diseases, or torn, stained, or bloody underclothing.
  • Caregiver Neglect or Self-Neglect: unusual weight loss or malnutrition, untreated physical problems, bed sores, or unsanitary living conditions such as soiled bedding.
  • Financial Exploitation: Bills not being paid, money disappearing and unaccounted for, increased use in credit cards, adding someone new to back accounts or credit cards.
  • Physical Abuse: unexplained injury, especially if they appear symmetrically on both sides of the body, signs of being restrained, or major distress from aggressiveness nearby.

It is important that all family members and friends be aware of any sudden changes in the elderly that are in their life.

Always Best Care Senior Services in McCormick carefully screens each of their caregivers which has given many families peace of mind when leaving family members in their care. To learn more about our services and for a free consultation, please contact us at 864-229-1211.