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ABUSE Vulnerable adults are individuals who are in need of community care services, they have a physical or mental disability, cannot take care of them, have chronic illnesses, misuses of drugs or alcohol, or if they have social/emotional problems.

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ABUSE Vulnerable adults are individuals who are in need of community care services, they have a physical or mental disability, cannot take care of them, have chronic illnesses, misuses of drugs or alcohol, or if they have social/emotional problems. Physical abuse Physical abuse can be seen in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unsuspecting prejudice, thoughtlessness and stereotyping. It is a failure to ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to protect vulnerable adults and maintain good standards of care in agreement with individual needs, including training of staff, supervision, management and record-keeping. * Physical abuse is inappropriate use of medication or alcohol, the rejection of the medication, or intentional poisoning. * Internal or external injuries (for example bleeding from the body) which is caused by any type of assault (for example burning, kicking slapping or pushing) * Injuries which cannot be explained, intentional, or not prevented by another individual Institutional abuse Institutional abuse is the mistreatment of people brought about by poor or inadequate care or support or systematic poor practice that affects the whole care setting. Institutional abuse includes individual acts or omissions and professional failings in which the command of the institution itself may be abusive. * Lack of choice in everyday activities * Lack of personal possessions * Change in accommodation * Extremely rigid routines Sexual abuse Sexual abuse which ...read more.


They may feel that they have done something wrong in the past and the abuse is a punishment which they deserve to have. Understanding the characteristics of the abusers may help raise suspicion in certain abuse cases. The abuser is usually financially dependent upon the elder. It would seem instinctive that the quantity of caregiver stress would associate with the potential for the abuse, but data do not necessarily support that supposition Vulnerable adults who live alone are most in danger of abuse occurring, not just from direct caregivers, but also from dishonest neighbours or from Internet scams. Institutional abuse can sometimes happen in residential homes, nursing homes or hospitals when people are mistreated because of poor or insufficient care, neglect and poor practice which affect the whole of the service. People's rights may be abused by the practises and procedures of the organisation which cares for them. New members of staff can be introduced to poor, and potentially abusive, care practices by staff telling tell what to do and how to do things in the care setting. Institutional abuse could be caused by care workers cutting corners and a lack of staff training. Abusers could be relatives and family member, professional staff, paid care workers, volunteer, other service users, neighbours, friends and associates and strangers. ...read more.


If an individual is living alone and receiving service to support their needs, then they could become vulnerable adults. The risks which could occur are people calling at their doors and gaining access through force or threats who may steal from them or change the excessive rates for minor repairs. Care workers may be frightened into doing more than the service user agreed, such as being threatened to the service user will make a compliant about the carer. To minimize the risk of abuse from going ahead more supervision must be made available, close monitoring of the carer's activity. The client's family may resent to looking after a close family member as they feel it's going to be hard work. There may be no one to protect the clients. Service users can be very vulnerable in the community if they look or behave differently to the accepted norms in society. To minimize the risk of abuse is to always ensure that someone knows your whereabouts and the time you will be back if for example visiting a service user by yourself in their homes. A lot of support will be needed due to the self-conscious feelings being strangely strong and powerful NCSP are helping to tackle abuse by improving residential homes and shopping areas. Many individuals who require health and care support and live in the community can suffer from abuse as anti-social crime and discrimination. ...read more.

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