Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment1.
- Physical Abuse, Neglect, or Mistreatment: Bruises may be visible, as well as: pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, burns.
- Emotional Abuse: May be occurring when the individual has unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness, or unusual depression; strained or tense relationships; frequent arguments between the caregiver and older adult.
- Financial Abuse: There are sudden changes in financial situations.
- Neglect: Individual may have bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, unusual weight loss.
- Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Belittling, threats, or other uses of power and control by individuals.
Nursing Home Red Flags2:
- Poor ratings from the CMS Nursing Home Compare website.
- Complaints registered with the local Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
- Living spaces are not clean or comfortable; residents don’t look cared for.
- Not enough staff to serve residents, or poor treatment of residents by staff.
- Physical, emotional, or behavioral warning signs of elder abuse.
- Changes to accounts or finances that may indicate financial abuse.