Physical Abuse of seniors “includes actions that injure or risk injuring an older person or cause them physical pain.”
Examples of Physical Abuse
- Assault, including: pushing, punching, hitting, slapping, kicking, pulling hair
- Making threats
- Counselling suicide
- Using or threatening to use a weapon
- Sexual assault
- Forced confinement of the victim
- Force feeding
- Physical harm caused by deliberately under- or overmedicating
Indicators of Physical Abuse:
- Unexplained injuries in various stages of healing
- Medical attention sought from a variety of doctors or clinics
- History of accidents or injuries
- Injuries have not received proper medical attention
- Exhibiting depression or fear
- Repeated falls
- Injury to scalp or evidence of hair pulling
- Delay in seeking treatment.
NOTE: Some of these indicators may be present and the older adult is not being abused; these are merely possible indicators of abuse.
For more information, please view CPLEA’s Let’s talk: Elder abuse resource manual.