Risk factors and vulnerability factors
This section presents the risk and vulnerability factors, both for the elderly person and the abuser that predispose a situation to abuse. Current knowledge does not show, however, that there is a typical profile for an abused senior or an abuser.
Characteristics specific to the senior that can make them more likely to experience abuse.
Related to the person’s environment.
Being treated properly is about well-being, respect for dignity, fulfillment, self-esteem, inclusion and the person’s safety.
It is expressed through concerns, attitudes, actions and practices respectful of the values, culture, beliefs, life course, singularity and rights and freedoms of the senior person.
Proper treatment is seen as a positive approach and complementary leverage in the fight against abuse. It can prevent the onset of abuse by promoting positive attitudes and behaviours that respect the senior’s wishes and preferences. It is neither the opposite nor the absence of abuse.