WHERE DOES ABUSE TAKE PLACE?
Elder abuse tends to take place where the senior lives. Vulnerable elders in institutional settings such as a long term care facility are particularly at risk . In the home abusers are apt to be adult children or stepchildren, other family members such as grandchildren, or spouses/partners of elders.
At first, you might not recognize or take seriously signs of elder abuse. They may appear to be symptoms of dementia or signs of the elderly person’s frailty — or caregivers may explain them to you that way. In fact, many of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse overlap with symptoms of mental deterioration, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss them on the caregiver’s say-so. Here is a checklist from NICE (National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly) to help determine if there is mistreatment of a senior.
INDICATORS OF ELDER ABUSE (PDF)