Elder abuse occurs in many forms, with some types of abuse being more visible than others. If family members see bruises or unusual bank account activity, it’s easy to identify the possibility of abuse. On the other hand, elder isolation is a form of elder abuse that often goes unnoticed.
What is Elder Isolation?
Actions that intentionally distance an elder from friends and family could be classified as elder isolation. Examples might include:
- Preventing a senior from receiving or making phone calls or having contact with family members outside of the home or the nursing facility.
- Actions to limit communication with professional service providers, such as law enforcement, religious leaders, attorneys, or doctors.
- Restraint or locks that hold the person in an area without their consent.
- Confinement without permission from the individual.
Sometimes elder isolation can happen in a rehabilitation or nursing home. The staff might use these techniques to dominate the residents and maintain control of the facility. Likewise, elder abuse can also happen in a private home when a senior is victimized by a caregiver.
What Can You Do?
Do you suspect that a loved one might be the victim of elder isolation? Regardless of the type of abuse, it is important that your concerns be reported to the local authorities as soon as possible. Reach out to your local law enforcement department to file a report. This information will be used to begin an investigation to help the person reach safety and determine the extent of the abuse.
Any person who is involved in the care of an elderly person holds the responsibility to report signs of abuse. Look online to locate the local Adult Protective Services in your state. If immediate harm is suspected, don’t hesitate to call 911 to access the help that is needed. For more information about reporting any form of elder abuse, contact our team. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.