Crisis Hotline
(715) 845-4326 or

Red Flags of Abuse

Does someone you know—a senior or adult with a disability— display any warning signs of mistreatment? 

Neglect or Self-Neglect 

  • Lack of basic hygiene, adequate food, or clean and appropriate clothing 
  • Lack of medical aids (glasses, walker, teeth, hearing aid, medications) 
  • Person with dementia left unsupervised 
  • Person confined to bed is left without care 
  • Home cluttered, filthy, in disrepair, or having fire and safety hazards 
  • Home without adequate facilities (stove, refrigerator, heat, cooling, working plumbing, and electricity) 
  • Untreated pressure “bed” sores (pressure ulcers) 

Financial Abuse/Exploitation 

  • Lack of amenities victim could afford 
  • Vulnerable elder/adult “voluntarily” giving uncharacteristically excessive financial reimbursement/ gifts for needed care and companionship 
  • Caregiver has control of elder’s or adult’s money but is failing to provide for their needs 
  • Vulnerable elder/adult has signed property transfers (Power of Attorney, new will, etc.) but is unable to comprehend the transaction or what it means 

Psychological/Emotional Abuse 

  • Unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from normal activities, unexplained changes in alertness, other 
  • Caregiver isolates elder or adult (doesn’t let anyone into the home or speak to the them) 
  • Caregiver is verbally aggressive or demeaning, controlling, overly concerned about spending money, or uncaring 

Physical/Sexual Abuse 

  • Inadequately explained fractures, bruises, welts, cuts, sores or burns 
  • Unexplained sexually transmitted diseases 

If you or someone you know is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, call 911 or the local police or sheriff. 

To report suspected abuse in Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln counties, contact Adult Protective Services of North Central Health Care at 1-715-841-5160 or Toll-Free 1-855-487-3338. 

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