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Neglect is the negligent failure of a person who has the care and custody of the elder to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person would exercise in a like position. Examples include:

  • Failure to provide food, clothing or shelter
  • Failure to aid with personal hygiene
  • Failure to provide needed medical care
  • Failure to protect from hazards to health or safety

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Other Forms of Abuse


Some of the forms of physical abuse include:

  • Assault, including assault with a deadly weapon
  • Battery
  • Unreasonable physical constraint
  • Prolonged deprivation of food or water
  • Sexual assault or sexual battery
  • Rape
  • Other unwanted sexual activity
  • Use of physical or chemical constraint for punishment
  • Use of psychotropic medication for punishment or contrary to a physician's prescription


Mental or emotional abuse, generally, is behavior that results in fear, agitation, confusion, severe depression, or other emotional distress, including:

  • Threats
  • Harassment
  • Other intimidating behavior


Fiscal or financial abuse is wrongful or fraudulent conduct by a person who has care or custody of the elder, or is in a position of their trust. It includes the wrongful taking, secreting, or appropriating the elder's money or property.


Isolation includes:

  • False imprisonment
  • Intentionally preventing an elder from receiving mail or telephone calls
  • Wrongfully informing visitors or callers that the elder does not want to see or talk to them
  • Physically restraining an elder from meeting with visitors


Abandonment includes:

  • The wrongful desertion or forsaking of an elder by anyone having their care or custody

Such desertion might occur, among other places, at:

  • Malls, shopping centers, or other public locations
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, or other such facilities


Abduction is wrongfully removing the elder from the state, and restraining their return

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