If you, or someone you know, might be at risk of elder abuse,
please contact the ADRC of Rock County
What is Elder Abuse?
- Physical Abuse-Injury as a result of hitting, slapping, kicking, pushing, starving, shoving, burning, or drugging
- Emotional Abuse-Name-calling, threatening, scaring, harassing, destroying property, or not allowing to visit with family/friends.
- Sexual Abuse-Touched inappropriately or forced to take part in a sexual act.
- Neglect-A caregiver fails to provide basic needs, such as food, housing, clothing, medical or dental care, or leaves an elder alone and no longer provides adequate supervision.
- Self-Neglect-Inability to eat, obtain food, dress, bathe, take medications, or maintain a clean, livable home.
- Financial Exploitation-Caregiver, friend, neighbor, or unauthorized user takes money or possessions or forces the signing or changing of legal documents, Power of Attorney, deeds, wills or life insurance policies.
Prevention of Elder Abuse
- Know the warning signs
- Help the vulnerable adult connect with others (family, friends, a health care worker, or a minister or church member)
- Maintain contact and stay as connected as possible to a vulnerable adult.
- Discuss available services: home health, Meals on Wheels, home chore services, etc. The more outside contact, the more support is available
- Trust your instincts
Common Signs of Elder Abuse
- Unexplained or reported injuries, bruises, cuts, burns, broken bones, welts or scars
- Expresses fear or concern about a family member or caregiver, or hesitation to talk when that person is present
- Vulnerability due to cognitive, physical, or sensory impairments that limit the ability to make reasoned decisions
- Unsanitary living conditions; dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
- Poor hygiene, weigh loss, poor skin condition, malnutrition, or dehydration
- Disappearance of money, possessions, or assets, or unexplained withdrawals, forged signature on checks, or misuse of debit/ATM cards