An estimated 5 percent of seniors in Australia face neglect, abandonment, physical, financial, sexual, or emotional abuse each year. Too often the abuser is someone trusted and close to the senior. Family caregivers in Perth can help keep their elderly loved ones safe by learning how to spot the signs of abuse.

Physical Abuse

Your loved one may occasionally trip or bump into an item, causing a scrape or bruise on his or her arm, which is normal. However, if you regularly notice signs of physical damage, someone may be harming your loved one. These signs can include:

  • Pressure marks
  • Bruises
  • Abrasions
  • Burns
  • Broken bones


Neglect is the most common type of abuse reported to authorities. Seniors who are disabled or have cognitive decline may a lower quality of life if they are not receiving adequate assistance for their needs. Bedsores, soiled diapers, an unusually messy living space, dirty clothes, and unexplained weight loss can all be signs your loved one is being neglected and needs trusted, high-quality Perth aged care.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse can sometimes be hard to detect, especially if your loved one has dementia, is physically ill, or fears further abuse. Major changes in your loved one’s normal behaviour can signify he or she is being emotionally abused. This may include withdrawal, biting, rocking back and forth, apathy, tense relationships, yelling, or frequent anger. Emotional abuse can range from small insults and humiliation to forced isolation and threats of physical violence. Abusers may blame your loved one or use him or her as a scapegoat for their own stresses and emotional problems. This can cause your loved one to feel sad and fearful.

Financial Exploitation

Because many seniors are naturally trusting, some people take advantage and financially exploit them. This can lead to your loved one not having enough money to cover personal needs. If your loved one doesn’t have enough money to pay his or her bills, or if you notice credit cards being used more often or money being frequently withdrawn from your loved one’s account, check into his or her financial situation. Sometimes people take money from a senior they are caring for and use it for themselves. Make sure your loved one’s money is being used appropriately.

At Home Care Assistance, we consider the safety and overall wellbeing of seniors to be our top priority, and our trusted and compassionate caregivers will ensure your loved one remains happy and healthy. In addition to helping with important daily tasks, our part-time and 24-hour caregivers in Perth can monitor your loved one’s behaviour and let you know if they suspect any signs of abuse. For more information on how our aged care services can promote your loved one’s quality of life, call one of our Care Managers at [hca_phone] to schedule a complimentary consultation.