How To Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

Elderly people are some of the most vulnerable in our society, and sadly, they are often abused by those who are supposed to be providing them with care. If you have a loved one who is being cared for in a nursing home or by an in-home nurse, here are some of the common signs of elder abuse and things to keep a look out for–

Physical Signs of Abuse

Physical abuse is one of the most common forms of elder abuse. Physical abuse may include hitting, kicking, slapping, restraining, burning, or using force against. This type of abuse is recognizable by:

  • Pressure marks;
  • Fractured bones;
  • Burn injuries/scars;
  • Bruises; and
  • Bloody or torn clothing.

Isolation, withdrawal, anger, or depression may also be a sign of physical abuse.


Neglect is a type of elder abuse, and occurs when a caregiver fails to provide an elderly person with the level of care they need and deserve. This might be characterized by:

  • Lack of hygiene;
  • Weight loss;
  • Deterioration in medical condition or overall health; and
  • Bedsore.

Financial Exploitation

Not all abuse involves an elderly person’s physical or psychological state; a caregiver may take advantage of an elderly person financially, too. Financial abuse is usually characterized by changes in the elderly person’s financial situation, such as new loans, credit cards, or changes to an estate plan.

What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse

If you suspect elder abuse, you should report it immediately. Then, you should call the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC for a free consultation about how we can help you protect your loved one and recover compensation for losses.

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