Responding to elder abuse and neglect

This material contains information and guidance  for practice. The information is not legal advice.  In many instances it will be your obligation to  ensure that an older adult gets legal advice as  soon as possible.


All material provided is up to date as of August 31, 2010.


Health care professionals and/or service providers should use this form to document concerns about abuse or neglect of an older adult.


The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) has published user-friendly versions of the following tools:


• IOA: Indicators of Abuse

(by Myrna Reis and Daphne Nahmiash)

• CASE: Caregiver Abuse Screen

(by Myrna Reis and Daphne Nahmiash)

• EASI: Elder Abuse Suspicion Index

(by Mark J. Yaffe, Maxine Lithwick, Christina Wolfson)

• IN HAND: An Ethical Decision-Making Framework

(by Marie Beaulieu)


Name of older adult: ______________________________________


Date of Birth: ____________________________________________


Summary of situation or incident:








Type of incident:

❍ Abuse

❍ Risk of abuse

❍ Neglect

❍ Risk of neglect

❍ Self-neglect

❍ Other:


Type of abuse or neglect

(tick all that apply):


❍ Physical abuse

❍ Financial abuse

❍ Sexual assault

❍ Neglect

❍ Psychological abuse

❍ Abandonment

❍ Forced confinement

❍ Overmedicating

❍ Undermedicating

❍ Harassment

❍ Threats

❍ Other:


Relationship with suspected abuser

(tick all that apply):


❍ Family Member: ________________________

❍ Health care professional

❍ Caregiver

❍ Person who lives with older adult

❍ Friend/neighbour

❍ Volunteer

❍ Business/employment

❍ Other:





Risk of Abuse or Neglect

Answer the questions and circle the level of risk:

0 = no risk; 5 = extremely high risk.


Social isolation:

How many people does the client interact with in a typical week?





Degree of social isolation of the client:


0  1  2  3  4  5


Abuser-victim dependency:


Does the client live with the suspected abuser?

❍ Yes ❍ No ❍ Sometimes

Is the client dependent on the suspected abuser?

❍ Yes ❍ No ❍ Sometimes

Is the suspected abuser dependent on the client?

❍ Yes ❍ No ❍ Sometimes


Types of dependency between client and suspected abuser
(tick all that apply):


❍ Financial

❍ Physical

❍ Emotional

❍ Other


Degree of dependency between client and suspected abuser:


0  1  2  3  4  5


Factors that might indicate heightened risk

(tick all that apply):


❍ History of domestic violence

❍ Mental capacity limitations

❍ Dementia

❍ Addiction (client)

❍ Addiction (suspected abuser)

❍ Social isolation

❍ Other


Have there been previous incidents of abuse or neglect?


❍ Yes ❍ No




What is the overall degree of risk to the client?


0  1  2  3  4  5


Plan for intervention or follow-up 

(referral to...):


❍ Counselling

❍ Police

❍ Legal advocate/lawyer

❍ Seniors’ organization

❍ Social worker

❍ Doctor or specialist

❍ Home support

❍ Other




Who completed this form?


Name:  ______________________________

Position: _____________________________


Date: ________________________________




This project has been supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Responding to Elder Abuse and Neglect: Charting Sheet Tool


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