This is never an easy topic or conversation however, for the next four post, we will be addressing elder abuse. We will look at the signs so that we know what to recognize, and then we will list resources to contact if you suspect that elder abuse if being committed.
Mandated reporters are healthcare providers, licensed or unlicensed social service providers for vulnerable adults, paid or unpaid caretakers, care custodians, the clergy, and other professionals in a position of trust who suspect elder or dependent adult abuse or neglect, including self-neglect.
Here are the first three of the six categories of elder abuse.
- Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists
- Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts, scars, broken bones or sprains
- Over or under medication
- Broken eyeglasses or frame
- Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the person alone
- Report of drug overdose or apparent failure to take medication regularly
- Physical or chemical restraints for caregiver’s convenience
- Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior that you witness
- Caregiver isolates elder: refuses to allow access to visitors, mail, phone, etc.
- Uncharacteristic behavior such as withdrawal or changes in alertness
- Bruises around breasts or genitals
- Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases or unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
- Torn, stained or bloody underclothing