Abuse of the elderly is a problem that is growing. We don’t know why it happens or how to stop the spread of this kind of behavior. We created an exhaustive list of elder abuse in its many forms.
For the list of the more common types go here. One of the things that can be done is for the concerned person, to know the warning signs. That way, if a possible problem exists, people can call for help. Our firm stands ready in help any way needed. Contact us for more info today.
The definition of physical abuse is the use of force, which can result in bodily injury, impairment or physical pain. This type of damage can include acts of violence, such as hitting, slapping, pinching, striking. And this could be with or without using an object.
For example, pushing, shoving, shaking, beating, kicking, and burning could be the method, not limited to the use of force. There can also be the inappropriate use of physical restraints; force-feeding, use of drugs, and any type of physical punishment. All are also physical abuse.
These are the most exhaustive results of physical abuse but are not limited to these signs or symptoms.
Sexual abuse is a form of physical abuse, which is the act of non-consensual contact of any type with an elderly adult. This mistreatment can be sexual contact with anyone, who is not capable of giving consent.
Sexual abuse and rape are not limited to unwanted touching. So this includes all types of sexual assault, battery, including rape, sodomy, sexually explicit photos, and coerced nudity.
In addition, signs include:
The definition of emotional or psychological abuse is the infliction of pain, distress, or anguish by verbal or non-verbal acts. In addition, this type of abuse includes verbal assaults, insults, intimidation, humiliation, harassment, and threats. Secondly, there are no limits on the types of elder abuse.
Isolating an elderly person from his or her family or activities, or giving them the “silent treatment.” These are all forms of forced social isolation. Hence, they are forms of emotional or psychological abuse. Threatening a senior is analogous to the abuse of an infant. After all, they are dependent on the healthcare provider or nursing home staff.
These are common signs and symptoms of emotional or psychological abuse but are not limited to these.
Neglect can take several forms, generally refusing the elderly adult from a shelter, food, water, personal hygiene, personal safety, medicine, comfort, and other essentials, which are agreed upon or implied in the caretaker’s responsibility to an older adult.
Neglect can be the failure or refusal in any way of a person or staff member obligated duties to the elderly person. It can also be a failure on the part of a person, who has fiduciary roles. So it’s a failure to provide care for the elderly person.
Furthermore, common signs include:
The definition of elderly abandonment abuse, is the desertion of an older adult, by the individual who has assumed the responsibility of caring for them, or by an individual, who has physical custody of the older adult.
The signs and symptoms of abandonment can include the following, but are not limited to them:
Desertion of an elderly person at any of the following:
The definition of financial or material exploitation is the improper or illegal use of a senior’s funds, assets, or property, by another. This abuse can be the cashing of the older adult’s checks, without permission or authorization. It could include forging their signature, stealing or misusing their possessions or money.
Deceiving or coercing an older adult to sign documents, contracts or wills is part of it. But it can also be the improper use of guardianship, power of attorney, or conservatorship. Seniors in special homes often do not realize the issue. They often do not realize it until it is too late. A steady eye prevents many of these serious concerns. Children or grandchildren play a vital role in preventing these issues.
These are common signs and symptoms of financial or material exploitation of an older adult. Not limited to:
This type of self-inflicted harm can occur and is not so easily spotted unless the care provider is on top of their game. This insecurity occurs when an older adult’s behavior becomes a threat to his or her safety. This insecurity typically happens with an older adult, who refuses or fails to provide themselves with shelter, adequate food, water, clothing. Often, personal hygiene or prescribed medications, as well as practicing safety precautions are at risk.
Self-neglect does not include situations where the older adult is mentally competent. It means they must have complete faculty of their decisions. This is a conscious or voluntary decision to act in a way that could threaten his or her health or safety and is a choice. So it means they know, rather than not being aware of the results.
In addition, common signs of self-neglect often include, but are not limited to:
Above are the many signs and symptoms of elder abuse and neglect. Furthermore, if you have seen this in a person under care, or elderly, do the right thing. Report this to law enforcement and help the victim get an elder abuse attorney. Root out the problem at its source. Contact the police as soon as you can.
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