Senior and Disabled Abuse Victims

The Abuse of the Seniors and Disabled is an under-recognized problem with devastating and even life-threatening consequences. It it important to recognize the signs of the abuse on the seniors and disabled.


  • Lack of basic hygiene, adequate food, or clean and appropriate clothing
  • Lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, teeth, hearing aid, medications)
  • Person with dementia left unsupervised
  • Person confined to bed is left without care
  • Home cluttered, filthy, in disrepair, or having fire and safety hazards
  • Home without adequate facilities (stove, refrigerator, heat, cooling, working plumbing, and electricity)
  • Untreated pressure “bed” sores (pressure ulcers)

Financial abuse/exploitation:

  • Lack of amenities victim could afford
  • Vulnerable senior/adult “voluntarily” giving uncharacteristically excessive financial reimbursement/gifts for needed care and companionship
  • Caregiver has control of senior’s money but is failing to provide for senior’s needs
  • Vulnerable senior/adult has signed property transfers (Power of Attorney,new will, etc.) but is unable to comprehend the transaction or what it means

Psychological/emotional abuse:

  • Unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, other
  • Caregiver isolates elder (doesn’t let anyone into the home or speak to the senior)
  • Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning, controlling, overly concerned about spending money, or uncaring

Physical/sexual abuse:

  • Inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases

(Source: National Center on Elder Abuse)

If you feel that you or someone you love is a victim of abuse please contact our 24-hour crisis hotline 843-669-4600.

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