Signs of Abuse

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).

Financial Abuse/Exploitation

  • 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.

Psychological/Emotional Abuse:

  • 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.

Physical/Sexual Abuse

  • Inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns.
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases.