A GLOBAL RESPONSE TO ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Diagram 1.1 – Diagnostic Guideline on Elder Abuse or Neglect34
Undertake a detailed physical exam, including laboratory and x-rays.
See Table 1.1: “Manifestations of abuse”.
ABUSE OR NEGLECT?
FREQUENTLY iT MAY BE SUSPECTED iN THE PRESENCE OF :
Commentaries and explanations diverge between the caregiver and the older person.
Presence of unexplainable lesions.
Fear or angst when the older person must answer to questions in presence of the caregiver.
Severe dehydration or undernourishment.
Taken from: American Medical Association: Diagnostic and Treatment Guidelines on Elder Abuse and Neglect,
13, 1992, Chicago.
Private interview. See Section 4 (interventions) and Diagram 1.3.
Take into consideration the lega implications
Advise the services specializing in the protection of the elder (if they exist in the country) or other competent authorities.
Write down suspicion in file, and stay alert during the next visit.