Top 10 Signs of Potential Elder Abuse
- Withdrawal, depression and fear of talking openly
- Isolation, especially from family or friends
- Physical trauma, such as burn marks, unexplained bruises and welts
- Poor personal hygiene, such as bad odor or dirty, matted hair
- Malnourishment, dehydration or an untreated medical condition
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Bank withdrawals when the elder cannot access the bank
- Signatures on checks and financial statements do not match the elder’s signature
- Change in spending patterns, and purchasing unneeded or unusual items
- Suspicious will changes, such as switching the primary beneficiary to a non-family caregiver
At Rosemark, we vigilantly protect our residents from harm.
Many older adults are at risk of financial abuse, neglect, physical harm, plus emotional and verbal attacks. As elders become more frail, they’re less able to resist bullying, track finances and follow legal documents. They may not hear or see as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage.
We work with families to identify former abuse and document possible offenders. Our technology reminds and alerts staff and caregivers of this information.
In addition, our caregivers are keenly aware of any resident distress that may signal abuse. We note behavior before and after contacts via phone, email and in person.
Our comprehensive process and careful observation have thwarted situations that may have led to abuse.
“Due to quick reaction from the Rosemark staff, a known elder abuser was thwarted. Rosemark handled the situation with precision and care. I am so delighted and thankful. This is exactly what I expected from a group of responsible people who have done their homework regarding knowing all the residents and their special requirements. The system is working. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”
– Daughter of a Rosemark Resident