Elder abuse takes many forms:
- Neglect/Self Neglect
- Daily living needs are not met by the caregiver or the older adult.
- Indicators of Neglect/Self Neglect: Mental confusion, poor hygiene, poor environment, inadequate health care, inability to perform activities of daily living.
- Psychological Abuse
- Deliberate conduct that causes mental anguish.
- Indicators of Psychological Abuse: Depression, change in behavior or attitude, isolation, fear/anxiety.
- Physical Abuse
- Non-accidental conduct that causes bodily harm.
- Indicators of Physical Abuse: Change in behavior, cuts, bruises, burns, confinement, and isolation.
- Theft or misuse of money, assets, or other valuables.
- Indicators of Exploitation: Unusual bank withdrawals, change in power of attorney, personal belongings missing, different signatures on checks.
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