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Abuse, Elder

Alternate Names : Elder Abuse, Institutional Abuse, Domestic Abuse

Abuse, Elder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the injury?

Treatment depends on the type of abuse. Any physical injuries should be treated. If possible, the victim needs to be separated from the abuser. Emergency care is provided when physical injuries have occurred.

When suspected abuse is reported to the proper government agency for adult protective services, it will arrange to help protect the victim. Many different programs and services may be offered, such as:

  • respite care for the caregiver
  • adult day care
  • housing assistance
  • meal programs
  • Untreated elder abuse may continue to grow worse. If the abuse is severe, it can lead to death.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    In cases of domestic abuse, an elder may need to leave the home. He or she may have to live with someone else or in a nursing home to be safe.

    What happens after treatment for the injury?

    Once the abuse has been stopped, ongoing care of the elderly person continues in a safe place. Ongoing monitoring by the elderly person's doctor and the correct government agency should continue.

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    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Karen Preston, PHN, MS, CRRN
    Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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