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Unit 2

Behavioral Indicators of Abusive Caregivers

  • Verbal berating, harassment, or intimidation

  • Threats of punishment of depriving of essential needs

  • Isolating a person from friends or other family members

  • Treating the individual like an infant

  • Leaving a person alone for long periods of time

  • Withholding affection to gain compliance

  • Unwillingness to comply with service providers in planning for care

  • Obvious absence of assistance, attitude of indifference or anger toward the victim

  • Giving a person no privacy

  • Denying a person the right to make decisions

  • Demonstrates inappropriate sex-role relationship

  • Inconsistent or implausible explanation of injuries

  • Handles the person roughly or in a manner that is threatening, manipulative, sexually suggestive or insulting

  • Excessive concern about cost of caring for the older person or reluctant about spending money or paying bills.

Suspicious Explanations

  • "The injury was an accident."

  • "The victim fell."

  • "There was no abuse...she bruises easily."

  • "It was a gift."

  • "She owed me the money."

  • "He gave me permissions to have, use, borrow it."

  • "I was going to give it back."

  • "He refuses services."


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