Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
In the face of ethical and legal mandates, practitioners must be able to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-abuse that they may encounter among elders in their work, and they must be able to follow up appropriately. Reports of elder abuse appear to be on the rise, with occurrences in a range of different settings, from private residences and senior centers to nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted-living facilities. This course provides an understanding of abuse and neglect in its various forms, the signs and symptoms, reporting requirements, and how practitioners can work with Adult Protective Services and the other legal, medical, and community agencies that deal with this difficult and complex issue. (4 CEUs)
- Knowledge of the categories of elder abuse, the theories of possible causes, key policies and regulations regarding reporting, and the role of Adult Protective Services.
- Understanding of relevant ethical principles, including the right to self-determination, and the role of cultural factors among involved older adults, families, and professionals.
- Skills and tools to identify signs and symptoms of potential abuse and to intervene appropriately.