Abuse can be a difficult issue to tackle but it is absolutely necessary that we find ways of recognizing abuse of the elderly. The occurrences of elderly abuse in the United States has taken a toll on senior care professions as well as victimized residents.
A study performed by the National Center on Elderly Abuse in 2004 compiled alarming information on the seriousness and common occurrences of elderly abuse.
National Elder Abuse Facts
There are 190,000+ reports of elderly abuse every year in the United States, 560,000+ Unsubstantiated Reports.
Self Neglect reports in 2004 reached over 88,000+ cases in the United States.
65.4% of all abuse is caused by family members and intimate partners.
Elderly Abuse was perpetrated by Adult children 32.6% of all elderly abuse cases
Intimate partners were identified in 11.3% of abuse cases.
Other family members were responsible for 21.5% of all elderly abuse
Unknown individuals were responsible for 16.3% of substantiated abuse reports.
Most Common people to report abuse on seniors
25.1% of all abuse is reported by a caregiver, nurse or physician
25% is reported by family members and friends of the victim
49% is reported by others who remain anonymous or are self reported
Preventing Violence and Neglect in Seniors
Recognizing abuse of the elderly can be very hard if the victim is unresponsive to questioning or does not retain the communication ability to report abuse. One must go the extra mile to question, observe and become a professional in recognizing the abuse of the elderly.
Tips for Discovering Elder Abuse
Physical Signs of Elder Abuse
These 5 signs of elder abuse can help when recognizing abuse of the elderly.
Unexplained Bruises ( pay attention to injury location, injuries on both sides of a body would not indicate a fall)
Reoccurring injuries with odd explanations
Changes in personality
Changes in everyday behavior
Marks on wrists, legs, neck or pelvis (Any marks indicating restraints have been used)
Financial Signs of Elder Abuse
5 Signs of elder abuse when referring to financial exploitation
Missing Checkbooks and Credit Cards
Drastic changes in power of attorney, will or financial documents
Bills that have gone unpaid or paid very late
Purchases and withdrawals from strange locations. Ex. how did Mom get all the way across town without a license or transportation, then withdrawal $100?
Signs of Neglect
5 quick signs of neglect can help you determine if your family member or friend is not getting the quality care they need.
Constant need for outside medical care due to infection or missed medication
Weight loss, malnutrition symptoms or nutritional deficiencies
Neglected and unsafe living conditions.
Understaffed or inattentive staff
Untreated health problems
All of us at Your Senior Care Network hope our advice will help you identify and prevent the horrible occurrences of elderly abuse by using our tips for recognizing abuse of the elderly.