Vulnerable Adult/Elder Abuse


Aggressive or invasive behavior or threats, inflicted on an vulnerable/older adult - resulting in harmful effects on the individual. The failure of a responsible party to provide assistance to ensure that the vulnerable/older adult's basic physical, psychological, social and financial needs are met, resulting in harmful effects for the older adult.  10% of US elders experience elder abuse annually.


Types of Mistreatment

  1. Abuse
    • Physical
    • Emotional
    • Sexual
  2. Neglect
  3. Financial Exploitation
  4. Self Neglect
  5. Neglect / abuse from professional caregivers, assisted living homes or nursing care facilities.

Beacon Program Services

  • Assessments
  • Counseling / support
  • Advocacy
  • Referrals to health care providers
  • Referrals to community service agencies
  • Documentation
  • Education

Signs of Elder Mistreatment

If you are elderly – Are you in an environment in which you are...

  • Neglected?
  • Afraid because you have been hurt or threatened by someone?
  • Influenced to sign documents you don’t understand or have not read?
  • Afraid to disagree with those around you?
  • Isolated from your family or friends?
  • Depressed and jumpy?
  • Forced into doing things you don’t want to do?

Signs of Elder Neglect

A person who is being abused or neglected may:

  • Be dehydrated
  • Experience weight loss
  • Spend great lengths of time alone
  • Be afraid
  • Have bruises, cuts, black eyes, welts, lacerations, rope marks, and possibly fractures
  • Suddenly change their behavior

For an in-depth article explaining elder abuse, warning signs, and prevention tips see Guide to Elder Abuse  

For more detailed information on elder mistreatment and neglect see the Clinical Training.