Elder Abuse

If you identify that a client is in a high risk care situation, you should ask gently but directly about abuse. While this is difficult for both of you, clients and even abusers are frequently willing to respond to direct questions. The following are clues to possible elder abuse:

Physical Abuse


Financial Abuse


Many cases of elder abuse have gone unreported because no one ever asked directly. Tailor questions for your client or the caregiver based on the circumstances you witness, and follow-up with questions about when and who, if appropriate and possible.