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Watch for Signs of Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of Seniors or Adults with Disabilities

Call 704-336-CARE (2273) to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of a senior.

Signs of Possible Abuse

  • Unusual and unexplained bruises
  • Welts, fractures or burns in various stages of healing or in the shape of an object (rope, belt, restraints, electric burner)
  • Bed sores, weight loss or dry skin and lips
  • Clothing inappropriate for the whether condition
  • Inadequate shelter or medical care
  • Any deliberate confinement of an adult in a dangerous environment

Signs of Possible Self-Neglect

  • Forgetfulness in lighting or turning off stove or gas
  • Pointless wandering at night
  • Inability to cook, eat, bathe, toilet, dress or care for one's self
  • Unexplainable thinness or dehydration
  • Causing small fires
  • Living in an unsafe environment
  • Administering medication incorrectly
  • Inability to communicate

 

Signs of Possible Caretaker Neglect
  • Failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, and attention to personal and incidental needs
  • Failure to manage resources to meet needs
  • Failure to provide a safe living situation that is not hazardous to the health and safety
  • Failure to provide adequate supervision
  • Failure by caretaker to provide and/or arrange for medical needs
Signs of Possible Exploitation
  • Unexplained withdrawals of money
  • Using deceit, treachery, or coercion to obtain money
  • Unusually interest by anyone in the older or disabled adult's finances
  • Difference between assets and lifestyles
  • Unusually large payments for services rendered
  • Failure to pay for basic needs (lights, phone)
  • Inappropriate sexual activities
Call 704-336-CARE (2273) to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation.


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