Wednesday, July 13, 2016

29 Signs of Elder Abuse

  1. Overmedicating, undermedicating and medication tampering.
  2. Upset, agitated, non-communicative or non-responsive.
  3. Extreme weight loss.
  4. Home lacks basic necessities.
  5. Inappropriate or sudden redistribution or assignment of assets.
  6. Failing to provide proper, timely nutrition or hydration.
  7. Chronic or unexplained infections.
  8. Stealing or selling household goods or personal possessions.
  9. Pressure marks, abrasions or burns.
  10. Gradual or abrupt financial deterioration unrelated to basic needs.
  11. Disorderly, uncleanly or unsafe environment.

  12. Frequent sleepiness or confusion.  
  13. Changing wills, policies, powers of attorney to someone else’s gain.
  14. Identity theft, forging signatures or added names on signature cards.
  15. Caregiver resisting visitation by others.
  16. Inadequate clothing or covering.
  17. Isolating from friends, family or activities.
  18. Bruising or bleeding around breasts, genital or rectal areas.
  19. Exploitation or misuse of personal funds, checking accounts.
  20. Withdrawal from normal activities.
  21. Intimidation, humiliation, threats, ridicule and belittling.
  22. Falls, fractures, dislocations or unusual bruising.
  23. Habitual blaming or scapegoating.
  24. Open wounds or bed sores.
  25. Broken glasses, frames, or other signs of disturbance.
  26. Lack of hygiene, being left dirty or unbathed.
  27. Restraint by physical or chemical means.
  28. Confinement, desertion or abandonment.
  29. Onset or presence of depression.

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