Detecting Abuse of the Elderly

June 17, 2024

Detecting Abuse of the Elderly

Duty of care is a requirement that a person act toward others and the public with the watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would use.

If a person’s actions do not meet this standard of care, then the acts are considered negligent and any damages resulting may be claimed in a lawsuit for negligence.

Information in this article can be useful when completing a Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) risk assessment and any time a health care professional determines it is necessary to gain a deeper understanding of presenting problems which are warning signs of:

  • Elder physical abuse
  • Elder sexual abuse
  • Elder psychological abuse
  • Elder abandonment
  • Elder neglect and financial exploitation

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