Identifying Risk Factors
- Ensure the caregiver receives proper training and education on their responsibilities.
- Help the caregiver to develop a support system and identify support groups and respite care.
- Inquire about situations that frustrate or anger the caregiver and help them identify appropriate responses.
- If necessary, assist with the arrangement for paid caregivers or placement of the patient.
Neglect- Active or passive failure to provide the basic care, supervision, or services necessary to avoid physical or emotional harm, unreasonable discomfort, or serious loss of dignity. An example would be not providing adequate nutrition, water, hygiene, clothing, shelter, medicine, comfort, personal safety, or access to healthcare.
Types of Abuse and Neglect
Examples of emotional and psychological abuse and neglect include:
- Verbal assaults
- Humiliation or embarrassment
- Disregarding needs
- Damaging or destroying property
- Mental cruelty
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Controlling behavior (prohibiting or limiting access to transportation, telephone, money or other resources)
Physical Abuse- The use of physical force such as, hitting, beating, pushing, shaking, slapping, kicking, burning and pinching, that results in physical pain, bodily injury or impairment. Also included in physical abuse is force-feeding and the use of drugs and physical restraints.
Financial Abuse and Neglect- Failing to use income or assets of the patient for the benefit, support and maintenance of the patient. The illegal, unauthorized or improper use of the resources of the patient.