In this assignment I am going to describe forms of abuse which may be experienced by adults. For this part of the task I am going to describe the following types of abuse and I am going to provide the examples of each type of abuse. Physical abuse
Physical abuse is physical force or violence that can results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment. It includes assault, battery, and inappropriate restraint. Is classed as the hitting, shaking, choking, biting or other physical attack on an adult. It can lead to bruising, cuts, scratches burns, fractures and internal injuries. As well as these more immediate injuries, there can also be longer term ones. Physical abuse can, in the most severe cases, end up in disability, medical problems and long term pain. The longer the abuse lasts, the more likely longer term issues will arise. The age also influences how much damage is done to the adult Sexual abuse
Sexual abuse is defined as non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with an elderly person. Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is also considered sexual abuse. Which includes, but is not limited to, unwanted touching, all types of sexual assault or battery, such as rape, sodomy, coerced nudity, and sexually explicit photographing. Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse include but are not limited to: Bruises around the breasts or genital area. Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections. Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding. Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing. An elder's report of being sexually assaulted or raped What is Neglect?
Neglect is defined as the refusal or failure to fulfil any part of a person's obligations or duties to an elder. Neglect may also include failure of a person who has fundementally responsibilities to provide care for an elder (e.g., pay for necessary home care services) or the failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care. Neglect typically means the refusal or failure to provide an elderly person with such life necessities as food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety, and other essentials included in an implied or agreed-upon responsibility to an elder. Signs and symptoms of neglect include but are not limited to: Dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores, and poor personal hygiene. Unattended or untreated health problems. Hazardous or unsafe living condition/arrangements (e.g., improper wiring, no heat, or no running water).Unsanitary and unclean living conditions (e.g. dirt, fleas, lice on person, soiled bedding, faecal/urine smell, inadequate clothing).An elder's report of being mistreated
What is Psychological Abuse?
Emotional or psychological abuse is defined as the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts. Emotional/psychological abuse includes but is not limited to verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and harassment. In addition, treating an older person like an infant; isolating an elderly person from his/her family, friends, or regular activities; giving an older person the "silent treatment;" and enforced social isolation are examples of emotional/psychological abuse. Signs and symptoms of emotional/psychological abuse include but are not limited to: Being emotionally upset or agitated
Being extremely withdrawn and non communicative or non responsive Unusual behaviour usually attributed to dementia (e.g., sucking, biting, rocking) An elder's report of being verbally or emotionally mistreated. What is Financial Abuse?
Financial abuse is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elders funds, property, or assets. Examples include, but are not limited to, cashing an elderly persons cheques without authorization or permission; forging an older persons signature; misusing or stealing an older persons money or possessions; coercing or deceiving an older person into signing any document (e.g., contracts...
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