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Elder Abuse

Overview of Elder Abuse

Do you have a client who you suspect is in a high-risk care situation? There are clues that may indicate abuse is occurring. You should ask gently but directly about the abuse. Oftentimes, while it may be difficult, clients and abusers are willing to respond to direct questions. 

Clues That May Indicate Elder Abuse

Elder abuse comes in different forms, such as physical abuse, neglect, and financial abuse. The following clues may indicate abuse.

Physical Abuse Clues

The following clues may indicate physical abuse:

Neglect Clues

The following clues may indicate neglect:

Financial Abuse Clues

The following clues might indicate financial abuse:

Reporting Elder Abuse

Many cases of elder abuse have gone unreported because no one has ever asked about the abuse directly. Tailor your questions to the client and caregiver based on the circumstances you witness. Then, follow up with questions about when and who, if appropriate and possible. If and when you are ready and you have the information that you need, you can report this abuse to the proper authorities.

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