Indicators of Adult Abuse

Physical Signs

  • Broken bones
  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Pain from touching
  • Scratches, punctures, burns, bruises
  • Soiled clothing or bed

Signs of Caregiver Abuse

  • Communicates to others that adult is a burden
  • Conflicting stories or accounts of details
  • Forced isolation
  • History of mental illness, criminal behavior, or family violence
  • Inappropriate sexual relationship or language
  • Lack of affection or care for the adult
  • Prevents adult from speaking with others
  • Prevents visitation from family and friends

Psychological / Behavioral Signs

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Frequent change of healthcare professionals
  • Isolation or withdrawal
  • Lack of communication and talking

Signs of Financial Exploitation

  • A changed will
  • Discrepancies in tax returns
  • Elder has no knowledge of monthly income
  • Frequent checks made out to “cash”
  • Large bank withdrawal
  • Missing personal belongings
  • Numerous unpaid bills
  • Suspicious signatures
  • Unusual bank activity