A recent article supplied tips on how to detect elder abuse amongst COVID-19 restrictions. and long-term care facility lockdowns. Elder abuse has increased during COVID-19 as restrictions have separated elders from loved ones who could detect changes in behavior or signs of neglect.
The article suggests that the most notable sign is a change of behavior, such as depression, withdrawal, or becoming easily upset. In addition, unexplained bruises or a caregiver refusing visitors could be a sign of neglect or abuse. The article continued to recommend reporting any suspicions of abuse or neglect to your local protective services agency, such as Adult Protective Services.
For more on how to detect these signs, or to find how to report suspected abuse, read here.