Stepping in to Help
Protecting from nursing home or caregiving mistreatment.
If your loved one is showing symptoms of abuse, such as lack of sleep, unexplained injuries, trauma, withdrawal, or messiness, it may be time to investigate what the problem may be.
As your advocates, we care about the well-being of our elders and will stand with you against elder abuse.
Protecting From All Abuse
We serve and help elders who are going through any kind of abuse from caregivers or nursing home professionals. Here are some common forms of abuse we are here to stop:
Who This Service is For
Abuse can happen to anyone—no matter the person's age, sex, race, religion, or ethnic or cultural background. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. This is called elder abuse.
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Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, or sexual harm inflicted upon an older adult, their financial exploitation, or neglect of their welfare by people directly responsible for their care. In the U.S. alone, more than half a million reports of elder abuse reach authorities every year, and millions more cases go unreported.
As older adults become increasingly frail and less able to take care of themselves, they are less able to stand up to bullying, and may not fight back if attacked. Mental or physical ailments can make them more trying companions for those who live with them. They may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them.
Elder abuse will not stop on its own. Someone else needs to step in and help. Many older people are too ashamed to report mistreatment, or are afraid if they make a report it will get back to the abuser and make the situation worse.
Here are some signs of abuse or neglect when you visit an older person at home or in an elder care facility.
- Has trouble sleeping
- Seems depressed or confused
- Loses weight for no reason
- Displays signs of trauma, like rocking back and forth
- Acts agitated or violent
- Becomes withdrawn
- Stops taking part in activities he or she enjoys
- Has unexplained bruises, burns, or scars
- Looks messy, with unwashed hair or dirty clothes
- Develops bed sores or other preventable conditions
If you think someone you know is being abused—physically, emotionally, or financially—talk with him or her when the two of you are alone. You could say you think something is wrong and are worried.