Caregiver abuse

Much attention is given to the abuse of care recipients by caregivers, and rightfully so, however, it is also important to highlight and address the incidences where the caregiver is the one being abused by their care recipients.

This sort of situation is more common than uncommon but it can sometimes be quite tricky to identify and challenging to deal with.

This article seeks to help you understand what specific incidents may be termed as abuse of a caregiver so that as a caregiver, you can identify it and appropriately respond to it and as a care recipient, you can avoid relating or dealing with your caregivers in any of such listed manners.

Abuse of caregivers from care recipients can manifest in some of the following ways:

  1. Neglect or Refusal of Care: Care recipients who adamantly refuse to receive the care that they subscribed to by engaging in dismissive or non-cooperative behavior while yet blaming the caregiver for not fulfilling their role are being abusive towards their caregiver.
  1. Verbal Abuse: Verbal harassment or abuse by care recipients in the form of harsh, insolent and aggressive language towards caregivers is abusive.
  1. Physical Abuse: It is abusive behavior for care recipients to engage their caregiver in physically aggressive or violent behavior such as pushing, shoving, slapping, punching, hitting or slamming.
  1. Financial Abuse: Financial abuse occurs when care recipients employ methods of manipulation or persuasion to coerce a caregiver into spending their financial resources on their personal care needs.
  1. Emotional or Psychological Abuse: This is when a care recipient is intentionally making their caregiver their target of constant criticism, manipulative behavior, mind games and emotional manipulation.
  1. Sexual Abuse: This is when a care recipient begins acting sexually inappropriate towards their caregiver. For example making inappropriate sexual remarks or advances towards them. To learn more on sexual abuse of caregivers and how to deal with it, read this article.

As a Vitalis caregiver, you do not have to succumb to abusive behavior from care recipients because we do not tolerate the abuse of our caregivers.

While it is important to never retaliate to abuse with abusive behavior towards your care recipient due to many factors that can be detrimental to you, the care recipient and the agency.

Please keep in mind that you can always report cases of abusive behavior from a care recipient to us and trust us to handle the situation with your best interests at heart, whether this means issuing a warning, withdrawing our services or filing a police report on your behalf.


At Vitalis HealthCare, we prioritize and provide a warm, conducive and safe environment for our team of professional caregivers and certified nursing assistants.

We are constantly looking for professional caregivers and certified nursing assistants who view providing aid as a passion and not just a job.

If you are interested in working with us, send in your application or contact us for further enquiry using the contact details outlined below.

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