Identifying abuse types & signs

The following are known indicators to abuse:

  • Social and geographical isolation
  • Confusion regarding property, belongings or surroundings
  • Older people or adults with disabilities who do not have the ability to self-advocate
  • Families that take advantage of the older person or adult with disability, and their assets
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Carer stress.

It is important to know about signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI)

Future research is needed to provide appropriate and validated tools useful across various fields that play a role in identifying abuse of older people in NSW where abuse is suspected. One such validated tool promoted by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI) (PDF, 293.9 KB), which was developed for use in a general practice.

Caregiver Strain Index

Caregiver stress is common and it is normal to feel emotional and physical stress when caregiving. People who experience caregiver stress can be vulnerable to changes in their own health. It is important to recognise when a carer needs assistance, even if they are not asking for help.

For a guide to help start a conversation about support services for carers, download the assessment tool for carer’s strain (PDF, 63.0 KB).

Last updated:

11 Jan 2023

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