1. Physical Abuse
Physical abuse isn’t the easiest type of elder abuse that seniors experience to cover up. This type of abuse can look like bruises, broken bones, and welts that are unexplained. Caregivers may refuse medication or overdose the patient with drugs. When an elderly person is being physically assaulted, the caregiver often will not allow the victim to spend time alone with anyone else.
2. Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse isn’t as apparent and clear as the signs of physical abuse, but the signs can be spotted if you are paying attention. Watch for:
- Controlling behavior exhibited by the caregiver
- Threatening or belittling
- Signs of depression or withdrawal
- Mumbling or rocking motions
Seniors are particularly vulnerable people. Without the ability to care for themselves, they can easily become the victims of neglect. In these circumstances, seniors will exhibit signs of malnourishment and dehydration including weight loss and bedsores. Personal hygiene may be poor. Many neglected individuals are exposed to unsanitary living environments.
4. Financial Abuse
Because of many elderly persons inability to maintain finances, they often require the help of a family member or other caregiver to help them pay bills, purchase personal items, and manage day-to-day finances. Unfortunately, the need for assistance with these matters can also expose them to financial abuse and exploitation. If you are a family member of an elderly senior – pay close attention to their finances to make sure they are not being stolen from.
5. Healthcare Abuse
Caregivers are not the only people who prey on unsespecting seniors. Medical facilities, medical providers, and insurance companies have been known to abuse senior citizens by overbilling, not providing the proper medication or dosages, providing inadequate care, and painfully neglecting the rights of the elderly.
If You Suspect Elder Abuse
Elder abuse should never go unreported. If you suspect that someone you know is being abused in anyway, it is important to share the information that you have. Many seniors do not have a voice to protect themselves and are suffering terribly at the hands of another.