Signs of Elder Abuse
- Lack of basic hygiene, adequate food, or clean and appropriate clothing.
- Lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, teeth, hearing aid, medications).
- Person with dementia left unsupervised.
- Person confined to bed is left without care.
- Home cluttered, filthy, in disrepair, or having fire and safety hazards.
- Home without adequate facilities (stove, refrigerator, heat, cooling, working plumbing, and electricity).
- Untreated pressure “bed” sores (pressure ulcers).
- Lack of amenities victim could afford.
- Vulnerable elder/adult “voluntarily” giving uncharacteristically excessive financial reimbursement/gifts for needed care and companionship.
- Caregiver has control of elderly’s money is failing to provide for elder’s needs.
- Vulnerable elder/adult has signed property transfers (Power of Attorney, new will, etc.) but is unable to comprehend the transaction or what it means.
- Unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, other.
- Caregiver isolates elder (doesn’t let anyone into the home or speak to the elder.
- Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning, controlling, overly concerned about spending money, or uncaring.
- Inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns.
- Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases.