Nurse Education Gerontology,Long Term Care
Series Overview:Elder abuse is a serious problem in America. Recent studies have shown an increase in abuse over the last decade. Each year between one and two million elderly citizens are victims of abuse and neglect in America. It is widely accepted that this data is incomplete, but the statistics call attention to the seriousness of the problem.
As mandatory reporters of abuse and suspected abuse, nurses must be familiar with the risk factors that can lead a caregiver to be abusive, the types and signs of elder abuse, what to do if elder abuse is suspected. This course provides the learner with this information.
- Describe types and signs of elder abuse.
- Identify factors that put elders at risk of becoming abused.
- Identify factors that put caregivers at risk of becoming abusive.
- Describe the steps that should be taken if elder abuse is suspected.
- Identify when reporting is necessary and how and where to report suspected abuse.