The purpose of senior protective services is to investigate reports of elder neglect, abuse and exploitation and to protect the senior if the claims are found to be true. Senior protective services programs are commonly ran at the state or county level. Neglect reports include incidences of self-neglect that can occur when a person gets too old, their health deteriorates, and they fail to meet their own basic needs.
There are six basic types of elder abuse which include neglect (self-neglect), physical abuse and mental/psychological abuse. Financial abuse, sexual abuse and abandonment are also types of senior abuse. When signs of any of the above types of abuse are reported, senior protective services investigates and provides intervention if it is deemed necessary.
Signs of abuse can vary, but some signs are common to the type of abuse being suffered. Signs of neglect and self-neglect can include poor grooming, isolation from family and friends and refusal to take medication. Signs of physical abuse can include bruises and abrupt changes in behavior. Signs of mental/psychological abuse can be harder to detect, but a sudden change in mood or attitude can be an indication. Signs of sexual abuse can be mental and physical. The unexplained disappearance of money can indicate financial abuse. When the person in charge of the well-being of a senior leaves them to fend for himself, it is abandonment.