Essay on Physical And Physical Effects Of Physical Abuse

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Physical Abuse
The following edited information is from the National Center on Elder Abuse website; accessed April 22, 2015. It is repeated here for those who may not have internet access. Physical abuse is the use of physical force that may cause bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Physical abuse may include, but is not limited to, such acts of violence as striking (with or without an object), hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning. In addition, the inappropriate use of drugs and physical restraints, force-feeding, and physical punishment of any kind is physical abuse. Actual physical abuse, such as a beating, is not the norm. It happens behind closed doors to the point seniors must be hospitalized.
Signs and symptoms of physical abuse:
• Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations, and rope marks;
• Bone fractures, broken bones, and skull fractures;
• Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing;
• Sprains, dislocations, and internal injuries/bleeding;
• Broken eyeglasses/frames, physical signs of being subjected to punishment, and signs of being restrained;
• Findings of medication overdose or under-utilization of prescribed drugs;
• An elder 's report of being hit, slapped, kicked, or mistreated;
• An elder 's sudden change in behavior; and
• Caregiver refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone Sexual Abuse Sexual abuse of an elderly person is nonconsensual…

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