Elderly abuse is a reality that many seniors in our country are, unfortunately, subjected to by people and institutions supposed to care for them. However, many of these seniors do not report the abuse or are incapable of doing so. As a family member or just as a concerned citizen, you can watch out for these signs of elderly abuse and get help for their behalf.
Your parents took care of you until you can fend for your own, so it goes without saying that they deserve your love, care and attention when they become old and weak. The same goes for your elderly relatives, when you’re taking care of them. They still deserve proper care and to be treated fairly and with respect.
However, reality is, many elderly people are subject to abuse in their own homes, with their relatives, as well as in the facilities that are supposed to care for them.
Warning Signs of Elderly Abuse
1. Physical abuse
- Pressure marks
- Broken bones
- Forcibly feeding the elderly
- Frequent “falls”
- Unusual explanations for injuries
- Soiled diapers
- Dirty clothes
- Unkempt appearance
- Messy surroundings or home
- Unusual weight loss
- Not giving medication on time
- Lack of needed maintenance medicine or medical supplies or aids such as walking cane, glasses, hearing aid, etc
3. Emotional abuse
- Unusual behavior such as rocking
- Loneliness or sadness
- Nervous or scared around the caregiver
- Putting unfair blames on elder
- Snapping at the elder
- Yelling at the elder
- Insulting elder
- Making the elder feel isolated
- Not talking to the elder
4. Sexual abuse
- Caregiver is touchy-feely
- Caregiver is flirting with the elderly
- Bruises around breasts and/or genital area
- Venereal disease
- Bleeding in the genital area or rectum
- Difficulty sitting, standing or walking
- Withdrawn behavior
5. Financial abuse
- Unpaid bills
- Lost money
- Unusual purchases that are not meant for the elderly
- Credit card use unrelated that are not used by or meant for the elder
- Coercing or threatening elder to give money
- Adding supplementary to credit cards
- Frequent withdrawals
- Adding someone else to the bank account
Elderly abuse is more common than you think. Family members and professional caregivers can be guilty of elderly abuse. If you feel that there’s something wrong, chances are, there just might be. It’s best to stay vigilant as your senior loved one’s health and well being may be at risk.
At Big Hearts, our caregiving staff and medical attendants are highly trained to provide superb care for your elderly loved ones. Background checks and due diligence are conducted to make sure of the quality of the people we hire, which translates to the safety, security, comfort, and well-being of the elderly who are in our care.
To find out more about Big Hearts, call or text us at 09177992102 or 09565012540.