The following indicators, by themselves, do not necessarily signify abuse or neglect. They may be clues, however, and thus helpful in assessment of abuse.
Acts of violence such as pushing, hitting or pinching, or force feeding or improper use of restraints or medication.
Possible Indicators of Physical Abuse
Failure to provide social stimulation, or leaving an older person alone for long periods of time. Ignoring or giving the "silent treatment.
Possible Indicators of Psychological/Emotional Abuse
Caregiver fails to provide necessary goods and services.
Possible Indicators of Neglect or Abuse by Caregiver
Failure to use available funds and resources to sustain or restore a person's health and well-being.
Possible Indicators of Financial Abuse
Denying the right to privacy and to make personal and health decisions. Includes forcible eviction or placement in a nursing home.