Learning and Understanding the Signs of Elder Abuse

At Preferred Living Solutions, we are committed to learning more about Elder Abuse so that we can protect our loved ones. I learned that the Area Agency of Aging Ombudsmen, Adult Protective Services, and County Social Services is our seniors’ allies. When they receive a report (and it can be confidential), first they listen, observe, and gather information from a variety of sources such as family, neighbors, clergy, and health professionals.

Then, they make recommendations on ways to make an elder’s situation better: bringing in caregivers to assure adequate nutrition and hydration, help support good hygiene, proper medical attention, and access to prescribed medications. Sometimes they recommend a different and safer place to live or even suggest the appointment of a guardian. 

Another way we are building awareness about elder abuse is to share these signs, courtesy of the National Center on Elder Abuse(NCEA):

Emotional and behavioral signs: 

  • Unusual changes in behavior or sleep
  • Fear or anxiety
  • Isolated or non-responsive
  • Sadness

Physical signs:

  • Bruises, welts, broken bones
  • Cuts, sores, or burns
  • Torn or stained underclothing
  • Poor nutrition, dehydration
  • Poor living conditions
  • Missing daily living aids (eyeglasses, hearing aids, medications, walker)

Financial signs:

  • Unusual changes in money management or bank accounts
  • Unusual or quick changes in a will or other financial documents
  • Fake signatures on financial documents
  • Unpaid bills

If you or a loved one is looking for a care manager you can trust, contact Preferred Living Solutions at 919-554-0675 and let us help you make a plan.