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Types of Elder Abuse

Types Of Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Abuse

Typically, abuse is any action or inaction by anyone having responsibility for the well-being of an elder, dependent, or disabled adult that results in the deprivation of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical harm or mental suffering.

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This deprivation usually is described as one of the following classifications


Neglect – The negligent failure of any person having the care or custody of an elder, dependent, or disabled adult to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise. This includes but is not limited to the failure to assist with activities of daily living such as personal hygiene, toileting, bathing, grooming; or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter; failure to provide medical care to meet physical and mental health needs; failure to protect from health and safetyhazards; and failure to prevent malnourishment or dehydration.


Physical – assault, battery, unreasonable physical restraint or prolonged deprivation of food or water, chemical restraints used for illegitimate purpose or beyond scope of physician orders, rape, unauthorized physical touching.


Abandonment – the desertion or willful forsaking of an elder, dependent or disabled adult by anyone having care or custody of that person under circumstances in which a reasonable person would continue to provide care and custody.


Isolation – includes acts intentionally committed to prevent an elder, dependent, or disabled adult from receiving telephone calls or mail; acts intended to prevent an elder, dependent, or disabled person from having contact with family, friends, or concerned persons; physical restraints to prevent contact from visitors.


Abduction – the removal from one location and the restraint from returning to that location, of any elder, dependent, or disabled adult without the consent from the elder, dependent, or disabled adult, or of any conservatee without the consent of the conservator or the court.


Financial – Taking (or assisting in the taking) or retaining the real or personal property of an elder, dependent, or disabled adult with the intent to defraud, use without authorization, or for any other wrongful purpose. This includes predatory solicitors intending to wrongfully take advantage of elderly, dependent, or disabled adults.

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