Breaking the Silence: Specialized Support for Seniors Facing Physical and Emotional Abuse, Financial Exploitation, or Neglect
Abuse of Older Adults
Abuse of older adults is an act or behaviour by anyone, including a caregiver or stranger, which results in harm to an older person’s wellbeing or safety. Caregivers are often family members, but include anyone who provides care to the older person in their own home or a care facility.
Isolation and abuse go hand in hand. Most abused older adults are isolated from their friends, neighbours and other family members. Often the abuser controls the situation by refusing visitors or phone calls or making the victim unavailable. While isolation and dependence puts older adults more at risk, abuse can happen to any person regardless of race, religion, background, income or age. Abuse of older adults may take the form of financial abuse, emotional abuse, physical or sexual abuse, or neglect.
THROUGH OARS, WE CAN OFFER;
This Program is Made Possible Through Funding From:
Types of Older Adult Abuse
- Forcing the individual to sell their personal belongings or property
- Pressuring the individual to pay for products and services that are not needed/wanted
- Stealing the individuals money, pension cheques, or possessions
- Witholding the individuals money
- Wrongful use of Power of Attorney
- Humiliating, insulting, threatening, or controlling the individuals behaviour
- Isolating the individual, or threatening to place them in a facility
- Unnecessarily restricting or removing the individuals decision-making powers
- Slapping, kicking, pushing, shaking, or causing physical harm the individual
- Misuse or witholding medication
- Forced confinement to a bed or chair for extended periods of time
- Innapropriate touching during personal care routines
- Sexual comments
- Sexual activity without the individuals consent
Signs and Symptoms of Older Adult Abuse
- Money or valuable items missing without explanation
- Going without food, clothing, or other necessities that the individual should be able to afford
- Unexplained lack of cash on hand
- Failure to pay rent and bills on time
- Sale or transfer of the individuals property without their knowledge or understanding
- Unexplained withdrawawls from financial institutions
- Unusual changes to documents such as Power of Attorney, or Will
- Prepared/executed documents and/or agreements involving the individual that they do not understand, or are unaware of
Emotional, Physical or Sexual Abuse
- Depression, fear, anxiety or withdrawal
- Unexplained new fear of family members, friends, or caregivers
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Changes in personal hygiene or grooming
- Untreated sores or abrasions
Please note: These are examples of abuse, but it’s important to note that abuse is not confined to these instances.
If you or someone you know could benefit from using one of our services, click on the button below to go to our contact page or give us a call to discuss your specific needs.
If you are looking for resources on senior safety and security, click on the button below to head to our resources page.