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Elder abuse is complex because:
Understanding the complexities of elder abuse is important because:
One of the signs and symptoms of neglect is:
Contributing risk factors for elder abuse include:
Types of elder abuse include:
Some examples of physical abuse include:
One of the general signs that may indicate abuse is occurring is:
Stressed caregivers will always be abusive to elders.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, family members account for a small percentage of abuse against elders.
Violence is a learned behavior that in some families is passed on from one generation to the next.
Most elders who are victims of abuse will report it.
Most health care professionals who work with the elderly are mandatory reporters and must report all cases of suspected abuse according to their state guidelines.
It is the responsibility of the home care agency to investigate suspected elder abuse.
Some victims of sexual abuse will give clues that they are being abused. We need to be aware of these clues and ask further questions.
Elder abuse is never pre-meditated and deliberate.
It is important that the elder have private time with his or her health care professional.