Abuse rates related to the care and handling of older adults have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic. With physical abuse being most common through family members and caretakers, it is important to look for the signs of abuse that may be happening behind closed doors. Some signs to look out for include unexpected falls, sores, medication errors, malnutrition, frequent crying and agitation. If you have a loved one in managed care, ask them questions about their care, be aware of what medications they’re prescribed and when they’re eating. Not only can abuse lead to physical harm, but it could also lead to long term psychological concerns. If you suspect that a loved one may be experiencing physical abuse, it is imperative to contact law enforcement.