P2: Describe Indicators That Abuse May Be Happening to Adults

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P2: Describe indicators that abuse may be happening to adults. Abuse may be revealed in a number of different ways. For example you may find that someone wants to tell you about it because they trust you. Also it might be from someone who has observed the abuse taking place, e.g. resident seeing a care worker shaking another resident because they were too slow getting dressed. The abuse is disclosed to the professional, sometimes with a request for confidentiality. Unexplained injuries A medical opinion is required to label if an injury is non-accidental or accidental. For example, an injury may result from a fall but it may not be clear whether the fall was the result of a push or an accidental trip. However, there are some clear…show more content…
The often make little eye contact and individuals who previously held a range of strong views may become passive. Vulnerable adults may subconsciously signal that all is not well by use of attention-seeking behaviour. Talking about suicide and having suicidal thoughts can also reveal feelings of helplessness and being trapped with no way out. It important to look for patterns of behavioural change rather than focus on one indecent. For example, does a resident’s behaviour become more withdrawn when a particular member of staff is on duty? Financial difficulties Other indicators may include unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts. This can lead to shortage of food in the house and reluctance to use the heating, even when it is cold, and it may indicate that someone else is enjoying the financial benefits. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the money was given or taken, for instance, by a family member. Stress and related problems The stress caused by abuse may show itself through associated health problems. Stress affects our cardiac, neurological, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and muscular systems. People who are under stress for any length of time may experience some of the following symptoms: panic attacks, palpitations, headaches,

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