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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15th
6/14/2013
Long-term care facilities are finding ways to increase reports of abuse when they happen. Of all the possible threats to seniors' physical and financial well-being, you might expect their children to be low on the list. But the fact is, abuse of elders is all too common — annually affecting one in 10 adults over the age of 60, according to a study by the Medical University of South Carolina — and it's often perpetrated by a victim's own offspring.
"People think: 'Who would ever hit their elderly mother? Who would ever push their grandmother down the stairs? Who would ever steal their grandparents' social security checks week after week?'," says Dan Reingold, president and CEO of the Hebrew Home, a long-term care facility in Riverdale, N.Y. "The answer is: about 2 million people."

To combat these crimes, a handful of nursing homes around the country have created shelters within their own walls to provide emergency short-term housing and health care services to victims.

The Hebrew Home initiated the effort in 2005 with an on-site shelter, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. At least six other nursing homes have replicated the approach, and officials at the Hebrew Home have been in talks to develop several more.

Elder abuse is similar to child or domestic abuse, though public awareness of it lags decades behind. Abuse or neglect against elders can be physical, emotional, or sexual, but the majority of cases are financial. A common scenario involves adult children cashing their parents' social security checks or stealing money from their bank accounts, according to Reingold. Elder victims of financial abuse lose $2.9 billion a year, according to a 2011 MetLife Mature Market Institute study of elder financial abuse.

Often, victims suffer at the hands of family members or close friends who have a substance abuse problem or an untreated mental illness, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, a research and resources division of the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging. Victims usually do not seek help because they might feel guilty or embarrassed, particularly in cases where the abuser is their own child or spouse.

There may be a higher percentage of abuse among older adults who have lower cognitive abilities, says Bonnie Brandl, director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, an advocacy group based in Madison, Wis. Wrongdoers might think this makes potential victims more vulnerable, she says, or that they wouldn't be believed if they were to report the crime.

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LTC facilities are faced with the realistic happenings of resident abuse. In order to combat and conquer the problems of abuse, organizations are educating for prevention. Pedagogy strives to provide the highest quality online education for the medical community. Our classes are developed by highly qualified instructors with years of real world experience in their field. Our class engine is designed to allow you the most flexible online class experience and still deliver the best content possible. Pedagogy offers an inservice program to tackle such topics and this particular inservice has been designed for nursing assistants and home health aides caring for patients in the long term care or home health care setting.

The primary responsibility of health care workers is to promote the highest possible well-being of residents and clients. Facilities and agencies must assure that staff members have been educated in abuse prevention, and must report all incidences of abuse to regulatory agencies. Educating staff members about what constitutes abuse and what behavior must be prevented and reported is crucial to assuring resident and client well-being and safety.

Upon completion of “Preventing Resident Abuse” the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the legal definition of abuse.
2. List and define the five main types of abuse.
3. Give four examples of each type of abuse.
4. Identify signs and symptoms of each kind of abuse.
5. List three triggers of abusive behavior.
6. Explain two ways to prevent abusive behavior.
7. Describe when and how to report suspected abuse.

The Home Health Aid or Nurse Assistant will receive a Certificate of Completion for 0.75 inservice contact hour(s).

Author Debra Collins:
CEO and President of LTCS Books, Inc., Debra maintains a knowledge base and writes weekly articles on long term care and home health care federal regulatory changes.

She has written and published twelve books for long term care and home health care documentation. Her publications include care plans, policies and procedures, and quality assurance audits for Directors of Nursing, Administrators, Nursing, Restorative Nursing, MDS Coordinators, Social Services, Activities, and Infection Control. The books are used by over one third of long term care facilities in the United States.

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