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Report Elder Abuse

Some types and signs of elder abuse are:

Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained signs of injury such as bruises, welts, or scars, especially if they appear symmetrically on two side of the body
  • Broken bones, sprains, or dislocations
  • Report of drug overdose or apparent failure to take medication regularly (a prescription has more remaining than it should)
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames
  • Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks on wrists
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow you to see the

    Emotional Abuse

  • Threatening, belittling, or controlling caregiver behavior that you witness
  • Behavior from the elder that mimics dementia, such as rocking, sucking, or mumbling to oneself

    Sexual Abuse

  • Bruises around breasts or genitals
  • Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing


    • Unusual weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration
    • Untreated physical problems, such as bed sores
    • Unsanitary living conditions: dirt, bugs, soiled bedding and clothes
    • Being left dirty or unbathed
    • Unsuitable clothing or covering for the weather
    • Unsafe living conditions (no heat or running water; faulty electrical wiring, other fire hazards)
    • Desertion of the elder at a public place

    Financial Exploitation

  • Significant withdrawals from the elder’s accounts
  • Sudden changes in the elder’s financial condition
  • Items or cash missing from the senior’s household
  • Suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles, and policies
  • Addition of names to the senior’s signature card
  • Unpaid bills or lack of medical care, although the elder has enough money to pay for them
  • Financial activity the senior couldn’t have done, such as an ATM withdrawal when the account holder is    bedridden
  • Unnecessary services, goods, or subscriptions

    Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

  • Duplicate billings for the same medical service or device
  • Evidence of overmedication or undermedication
  • Evidence of inadequate care when bills are paid in full
  • Problems with the care facility:
    - Poorly trained, poorly paid, or insufficient staff
    - Crowding
    - Inadequate responses to questions about care


    If you suspect Elder Abuse please call
        Greater Springfield Senior Services Tel. (413) 788-8800

    24 hour hot line 1-800-922-02275

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