Elder abuse is the abuse of a person who is 65 years of age or older. Dependant adult abuse is the abuse of an adult who is physically and/or mentally challenged and who is unable to protect themselves.
Abuse does not consist only of physical abuse, it can also mean things like neglect, abandonment and isolation or abduction. It also includes any kind of physical harm, causing pain and/or mental suffering and anguish. Depriving an elder or dependant person of basic needs and services is also abuse and this can occur both in the home or in a care facility.
If you suspect an elder or dependant person of being abused by a family member, spouse or caregiver you should consult with a family law counsellor to get help with some legal course of action to stop the abuse. If you are the victim, it might be possible for you to get an elder/dependent adult abuse restraining order and/or a domestic violence restraining order but you must consult with a professional to get advice on your best course of action.