The National Center for Elder Abuse states that “over 40% of nursing home residents report abuse and 95% report neglect.” It is crucial to stay informed and to look out for the signs and symptoms of abuse.

Types of Abuse:


Watch out for signs of physical abuse that causes harm such as hitting, pushing, or slapping.

The following can be signs of physical abuse:

  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Sores


Emotional abuse involves saying hurtful words, yelling, threatening, or ignoring a person.

Signs of emotional abuse can include:

  • Withdrawal
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion


Signs of neglect happens when a caregiver is not meeting the patient’s needs.

A person who is neglected may have:

  • Lack of basic hygiene
  • Weight loss due to lack of adequate food
  • Bed sores
  • Missing medications, glasses, or dentures 


This happens when the caregiver forces the patient to watch or participate in inappropriate acts.

Sexual abuse signs can include:

  • Bruises
  • Bleeding
  • Engaging in unusual or aggressive behavior


Sources: National Institute on Aging, The National Center for Elder Abuse