Physical elder abuse is non-accidental use of force against an elderly person that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Such abuse includes not only physical assaults such as hitting or shoving but the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement.
- Wrap around bruises that may indicate physical restraints
- Internal injuries
- Fractures, dislocations, burns
- Bilateral bruising to the arms
- Untreated medical conditions – unattended fractures, infections, lack of wound care
If an elder or vulnerable adult is in crisis or danger, call 911.
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