What are the signs of elder physical abuse or neglect?

Different forms of elder abuse have different symptoms. Here are some signs to watch out for:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Signs of being restrained (such as bruises, marks on wrists)
  • Significant change in demeanor (i.e., due to psychotropic drugs)
  • Bed sores
  • Significant weight loss
  • Signs of dehydration, such as chronic thirst, dry flaky skin, confusion
  • Unsanitary conditions, such as being left in soiled sheets
  • Poor hygiene (e.g., insufficient bathing, foul body odor, or lack of dental care)
  • Signs of fear or withdrawal

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