Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Risk Factors for Abuse and Neglect

Risk factors for abuse and neglect include

  • isolation,
  • lack of support,
  • cognitive impairments (i.e., dementia),
  • responsive behavioursG (e.g., verbal or physical aggression),
  • living with a person who has a mental illness,
  • living with people engaging in excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs,
  • dependency on others to complete activities of daily living (including banking),
  • recent worsening of health, and
  • arguing frequently with relatives.

Caution: The presence of risk factors or signs of abuse and neglect does not mean that a person is experiencing abuse or neglect.

Older Adults
Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches
Point of Care Resources