Elder abuse fact sheet

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1 Jan 2008
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The Families Commission has developed a fact sheet on elder abuse and neglect.

A person who abuses an older person usually has some sort of control or influence over him/her. Family members, friends, staff in residential facilities or anyone the older person relies on for basic needs, may be abusers. Elder abuse can be:

  • physical
  • psychological/emotional
  • sexual
  • financial

Neglect is a common form of mistreatment of older people. It happens when another person fails to meet the physical and emotional needs of an older person.

Passive neglect is the result of a carer’s inadequate knowledge, illness or lack of trust in support services. Active neglect is when a carer intentionally deprives an older person of care.

Last update: 3 Jun 2015