It is important when working in a health and social care environment that service providers are able to recognise or identify people who are at risk of suffering from abuse or neglect. Some abusers are aware the care worker’s role. This role is to make sure that they are able to report concerns and will make user that they don’t abuse or neglect a service user in front of others. In addition to this, it is important that a service provider is able to spot of there has been any changes in behaviour in a certain service user who they are giving help to. However, for a service provider to be able to spot changes in a service users personality they will need to get to know and understand them, they
Having knowledge of social policies is essential to address elder abuse because it is crucial to have valued information to provide to the service user or how to report any type of abuse or neglect with seniors. In Canada, elder abuse legislation is a responsibility of federal, provincial and municipal (Podnieks, 2008). Likewise, the federal Criminal Code (1985) defines the standards for criminal justice through the country. Hence, this code has strengths and limitation regarding elder abuse.
Elderly abuse can take a variety of forms including physical, sexual, mental, financial, and neglect. The abuser can be anyone; a caregiver, family member, other patients, or self-inflicted. Recent research states that prevalence of elder abuse in long-term care ranges from 2% to 10% (Connor et al., 2011). According to Shaffer, Williamson, & Dooley (2007), the vulnerability of abuse can be directly related to mental illness, such as dementia, as well as the depression or resentment of caregivers. Kohl, Sanders, & Blumenthal (2012) define the populations at risk as frail elders, those with dementia, and families with a history of violence.
According to Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions, elder abuse can be defined as the infliction of physical, emotional/psychological, sexual or financial farm to another adult. This includes neglect, whether it be intentional or unintentional, by a caregiver. Abuse can happen in all cultures, races and ethnicities. Studies have shown that elderly people that have
A 95-year-old woman while being transferred from her bed to a chair is dropped on her head with a laceration to her scalp and internal bleeding to the right side of her head due to a mechanical device failing. Consequently due to the mechanical failure, the sling that lifted her from her bed to the chair snapped sending her crashing to the floor. She died three months later because of these injuries. The National Ombudsmen Reporting System (NORS) uses a reporting tool to measure abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities. “The Old Americans Act in section 712 requires state long-term care ombudsmen to identify, investigate, and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents, and to ensure that residents have regular and timely access to ombudsman services”(Bloeman, Rosen, Clark, Nash, Mielenz, 2015,p.3). Complaints to include physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, financial exploitation and gross abuse have been tracked across the fifty (50) states in the United States. “The average findings of complaints were initiated by residents of 38%, relatives/friends of 20%, facility administrator or staff member of 17% (Bloeman, Rosen, Clark, Nash, Mielenz, 2015, p.5). With the progressive increase in the elderly population in nursing homes, resident abuse will intensify and increase. “As a registered nurse, I have seen abuse, neglect and mistreatment of residents”
In the previous decade, defining elder abuse was over extensive and included many behaviors not only restricted within domestic abuse and self-neglect. However, recent researchers categorized all these behaviors within five consortiums to definer elder abuse and these are: physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and neglect (Laumann, Leitsch & Waite, 2008). Physical abuse is any relating act carried with the purpose of inflicting physical pain. Psychological abuse also known as verbal abuses are acts carried with the intention of imposing emotional pain. Sexual abuse on the other hand is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact. Financial abuse refers to misappropriation of the senior citizen’s money or property without his or her consent. Finally, neglect is the abandoning or any circumstance when the designated caregiver fails to meet the necessary needs of the older
Nursing homes should be safe havens for the vulnerable elderly members of our community, but regrettably, this is not always the case.
ON the other hand the degree of the elder mistreatment should be catalogued. In addition various agencies could engage in research which is focusing upon the various factors that put seniors at risk for senior abuse or educating people upon ways that protect older people against this from of misconduct. Therefore the local community and politicians could assist with meticulously evaluating the success rate of preventive measures toward thwarting the mal-treatment of elders. I hope things have changed within the past twenty years. When my mother was employed as a Masters of Social Work position for hospice in South Carolina she had contemplated that there may have been a suspected case of physical abuse toward a male client while visiting him in his primary residence. The client professed that no physical maltreatment had occurred. Furthermore he stated:” that he did not wish to discuss the topic any further.” Upon returning to the hospice office my mother engaged in a conversation with the director regarding her concerns towards the welfare of the patient. The director expressed that it was not the agencies stated mission statement to address this
Elderly Maltreatment is a problem that needs to be addressed by the nation as a whole. Every single day, older adults and adults with disabilities are suffering from abuse, neglect, and exploitation; often caused by people they know. The abuser is usually the individual’s spouses, family members, acquaintances, or an health care professional in a position of trust such as a caregiver. Under Georgia state law, abuse is considered to be physical Abuse, emotional Abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Based on statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse, the number of older adults who are abused each year is close to 5 million and this is a huge problem .In this paper I will be discussing elderly abuse and revised changes to the legislation
happens a lot more than I knew. When you hear nursing home, you immediately think about
Globally, elder abuse is a major problem. Elder abuse consists of physical abuse, psychological abuse, or the neglect of dependent older persons (Ashman &Zastrow). Mistreatment of the elderly is often at the hands of the individuals spouse, son, daughter, or caregiver, and often takes place while living in the residence of their abuser. Although,
In a world of a rapidly aging population, there are many roles now associated with caregiving. Some are caregivers to family at home, while others are caregivers for nursing homes and others facilities. Shockingly, elder abuse is a common occurrence within elderly caregiving situations. In an article written by Sherri Snelling in 2015, we see two cases of elder abuse- one in which Jean Kasem neglected her husband, radio DJ Casey Kasem, and another where Linda Maureen Raye refused her mother adequate care, which led to her death. Both of these are extreme examples of elder abuse, but more mild forms of this happen every day.
*Teresa, an eight year old child witnessed her maternal uncle stab her father several times repeatedly. During the attack the maternal uncle also pulled Teresa by her pony tail and pushed her down a flight of stairs. Miraculously, Teresa was able to escape the home, where she reunited with her father who suffered several knife wounds but was still mobile. The uncle continued in pursuit of the family, wielding a knife. Teresa, bravely, ran across the street to her neighbor’s home and asked for help. Fortunately, her neighbor happened to be a police officer and managed to immediately assist the family. The police arrived, as well as an ambulance shortly afterwards. The case was reported to Child Protective Services, where the family was referred to the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk for counseling.
The child was seen with several bruises on his face (three circles). He also has several marks on his back. The nurse took measurements; the marks about 3-4 inches long. DeMontaviouz states that his mother whipped him too hard with a hard belt. He complained of his face hurting and the nurse gave his a first aid kit and an ice pack. The allegations occurred because DeMontaviouz's behavioral color changed at school because of his behavior, and because he was kicked out of the after school program on 10-27-15, because of his behavior. The incident hasn’t happened before that the reporter knows of. Shaliah contacted the school the morning of 10-27-15, to ask the reporter what DeMontaviouz told her. Shaliah stated she tried to get him in Hinds
For far too long the elderly have been exposed to ill treatment caused by physical abuse, mental abuse, and neglect. Many of Newark’s nursing homes are understaffed, which contributes to the neglect the elders face that leads to depression and later drug addiction. By realizing the importance of the inclusion of elders in society one will come to understand that the elders are a source of wisdom and provide the gateway to gaining knowledge of the past. In Jorunn Drageset’s article, he discusses the factors that contribute to the social isolation of the elders within nursing homes. The article by authors Claudia Cooper, Amber Selwood, and Gill Livingston, discuss the types of abuse elders are exposed to in nursing homes along with the need