Flashcards in Elder Abuse Deck (50)
Define Elder Abuse
Infliction of physical or mental injury
The deprivation of food, shelter, clothing, or services necessary to maintain the physical or mental health of an older person or persons with a developmental disability with lawful authority
Define Elder or Senior Citizens
Person who is 60+ years of age or older
Define Vulnerable Adult
Person age 60 or older who is being abused neglected or exploited
Or per 18+ if person has a disability
Person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action
Person who commits physical, financial, emotional abuse towards an elder
Risk Factors of Victims of Elder Abuse
Extreme dependence & frailty
Severe mental and/or physical illness
Low to modest financial resources
Barriers to Reporting Elder Abuse
Protecting the abuser
Inability to report: mental or physical impairments
Red Flags in Senior Citizens
Sudden physical changes in appearance & abilities
They seem nervous or afraid
Confusion about transactions or withdrawals
Unable to remember signing documents
Property is transferred or missing
Level of care they are receiving is inconsistent with their resources
Signs of substance abuse
Who are the alleged perps?
Persons known or unknown to the victim
Perpetrators Unknown to the Victim
Sweepstakes or lottery scams
Home repair scams
Sweetheart swindles & fortune telling schemes
Define Physical Abuse
Physical force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment
Behaviors in a Physically Abusive Relationships
Delay between onset of injury & seeking medical care
Common Perpetrators of Physical Abuse
Intimate partners trying to gain control over victim
Questions to Ask Someone who is Physically Abused
Safe at home?
Afraid of anyone?
Made to stay in your room or left alone often?
Define Domestic Violence
Escalating pattern of violence or intimidation by an intimate partner, which is to gain power and control
Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Spouse or partners
Indicators of Domestic Violence
Intense confusion & disassociation
Questions to Ask Someone who is Domestic Violence
Does anyone threaten to hurt or abuse you?
What are the top 3 concerns for safety in your home?
Define Sexual Abuse
Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an older person
Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
Indicators of Sexual Abuse
Fear of being touched
Questions to Ask Someone who is Being Sexually Abused
Does anyone force you to have sex or make you do things that make you feel uncomfortable?
Failure to fulfill a person's obligations or duties to an elder
Failure by oneself to provide goods or services to avoid serious threat to physical or mental health
Perpetrators of Neglect
Indicators of Physical Neglect
Question to Ask Someone who is Being Neglected
Tell me about your hygiene schedule
Indicators of Self Neglect
Isolated: no family contact
Questions to Ask Someone who has Self Neglect
Who does the shopping or prepares your meals?
Do you get out often with family or friends?