Category: FAQs About Elder Abuse

FAQs and information about nursing home neglect and elder abuse.

What are some warning signs of elder abuse?

Common Warning Signs Of Physical Abuse Some of the more obvious signs that someone may be suffering physical abuse include slap marks, unexplained bruises, pressure marks, and certain types of…
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What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program?

About Long-Term Care Ombudsman An ombudsman is a person or entity that investigates an individuals' complaints and attempts to resolve problems fairly. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is dedicated to…
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How can Adult Protective Services help the elderly?

The General Purpose Of Adult Protective Social Services Professionals and volunteers who provide aging and disability services are well-positioned to identify and report when someone is being mistreated. Their services…
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Should I call Adult Protective Services to report suspected elder abuse?

What does Adult Protective Services do? Adult Protective Services (APS) are those services provided to insure the safety and well-being of elders and adults with disabilities who are in danger…
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How can I help stop elder abuse and neglect?

Elder Abuse And Nursing Home Abuse Prevention Tips Educating seniors, professionals, caregivers, and the public on abuse is critical to preventing elder abuse. On an individual level, you can take…
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How can I help protect my aging parents from abuse or scams?

The Elderly Are Vulnerable To Criminals Unscrupulous people purposely target seniors and will abuse or take advantage of them if they can.  So problematic is senior fraud that many counties…
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How can I find a good nursing home or assisted-living facility?

A Long-Term Care Ombudsman can help you understand and compare local options. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) supports Nursing Home Compare, a federal website that allows you…
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What should I do if someone I love is being abused in a nursing home?

Don't Ignore Suspected Abuse! Many elderly people either will not, or cannot speak up for themselves.  If you suspect emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or neglect that may be causing…
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Is elder abuse a punishable crime?

Although laws vary from state to state, in most states there are several laws that address criminal penalties for various types of elder abuse. Some states have increased penalties for…
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Who is most likely to abuse the elderly?

Although more research is needed, most cases of elder abuse are perpetrated by known and trusted others, particularly family members (including adult children, spouses, and others). Abusers can be men…
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Why are older adults so vulnerable to abuse?

Why Older Adults Are Vulnerable To Neglect And Elder Abuse Elder abuse, like other types of domestic violence, is extremely complex. Generally a combination of psychological, social, and economic factors,…
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Is it caregiver or nursing home neglect, or self-neglect?

What is self-neglect and what are signs of self-neglect of senior citizens? Seniors may sometimes appear to be suffering from caregiver neglect, when in actuality, the neglect stems from the…
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What is elder abuse?

The Definition Of Elder Abuse Federal definitions of elder abuse first appeared in the 1987 Amendments to the Older Americans Act, however, these definitions are guidelines. Each state defines elder…
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