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If you, or someone you know, might be at risk of elder abuse,
please contact the ADRC of Rock County

Phone 608-741-3600
Toll-Free 855-741-3600

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

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