Elder Abuse in Cabbarus County, NC

Written By : The Caring Space

Here is a great article from Senior Living that is bringing some much needed attention to elder abuse, something that isn’t well known, but very serious. I encourage you to read this and educate others to help prevent this from happening to seniors in your area.

Elder abuse refers to any action or inaction that results in harm to a senior citizen or puts the senior at risk of harm. This may be physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. It may involve neglect or desertion of a senior citizen. Or, it may be the misuse or theft of an elderly person’s property or money. A family member or friend may commit elder abuse. It may also be perpetrated by health care providers in the home or in a facility.

Elder abuse is a serious problem in the United States. Every year, there are hundreds of thousands of senior citizens who experience this type of abuse. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed laws preventing the abuse of senior citizens. Although these laws differ, Adult protective services (APS) agencies in each state investigate reports regarding elder abuse.

Types of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a general term that refers to any deliberate or negligent act that puts a senior citizen in harms way. It may be committed in various ways, they are listed below:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Material and financial exploitation
  • Neglect
  • Self-neglect
  • Abandonment

Signs of Elder Abuse

Although a single sign may not necessarily indicate abuse, there are some signs that are highly suggestive of elder abuse. These include:

  • Bruises, burns, broken bones, or abrasions
  • Withdrawal from normal activities without explanation
  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area
  • Sudden change in finances
  • Unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, or unusual weight loss
  • Verbal belittling or threats to the senior

Reporting Elder Abuse

In the case of an emergency, always call 9-1-1. If the elder abuse does not result in medical emergency or pose an immediate threat, one can contact Adult Protective Services (APS). In most cases, APS will conduct an investigation. Services for victims who may need crisis intervention are also available.

If you suspect a senior citizen you know is being abused, get help. If the person is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. If not, call your state’s APS agency. You will not need to give or your name or provide proof. All reports are kept confidential.

Courtesy of Senior Advice – http://www.senioradvice.com/inner.php?aid=225

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