What is Elder Abuse?
Elder abuse can occur in many different manners. In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to or may lead to, the harm of a vulnerable elder. Self-neglect is often addressed as a form of elder abuse, although it is distinct from the other types.
Below are the primary categories of abuse and some examples of warning signs:
• PHYSICAL ABUSE- pushing, striking, slapping, kicking, pinching, restraining, shaking, beating,
burning, hitting, shoving, or other acts that can cause harm.
• NEGLECT-unexpected or unexplained deterioration of health, personal or living situation,
inadequate food, clothing and/or shelter.
• FINANCIAL OR MATERIAL- improper use of the elderly fund, property or asset. Cashing checks
without permission, forging signature, deceiving elderly person into signing documents, using an
ATM/Debit card without permission.
• SELF-NEGLECT- when individuals fail to provide themselves with whatever is necessary to
prevent physical or emotional harm or pain.
• MANIPULATION- coercing client to change schedule, deceiving the client about the type of work
required of the caregiver, and persuading the client to change agencies.
If you suspect that our client is suffering from any type of abuse. Please call Companions Forever and/or Elderly Protective Services immediately. Please understand that this is a serious matter.
Elderly Protective Services State Wide 1-888-385-4225
Emergency Services 911
Companions Forever Emergency Line 860-874-3334