Elder Abuse Report

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Elder Abuse Program Report Patricia Munive CJA 410 May 25, 2015 Instructor Joseph Wilner Elder Abuse Program Report Elder abuse is defined as intentional harm or neglect that can cause a risk of harm. An elderly is vulnerable by the caregiver or anyone who is trusted to take care of them. This would include the caregiver not protecting and meeting the requirements to fulfill the needs of the individual. The number of elders who are abused and neglected is unknown. Research shows that elderly women are abused more than men. Research also proves that the older an individual is, the possibility of abuse increases. There are signs of abuse that can be missed by professionals due to the lack of training. But there are also other reasons…show more content…
Usually an assessment is done to determine if an elderly can meet some important needs. It is important to make sure they are capable taking care of themselves, demonstrate decision making, offer testimonies, and the ability of defending themselves. Sometimes it is necessary to assess the abuser with their mental condition to conclude if they are in fact a threat and if they in require treatments. Counseling individuals can help with options, safety, find resolutions, and help with trauma, and find clinics. Legal assistance is in need with cases of abuse. The services provide attorneys, state bar programs, and funded programs to assist the abused. Also, in 1965 the Older American Act was established for the purpose of offering free legal aid for people over the age of 60. These types of programs are organized to help with elderly abuse cases. These programs involve property recovery lawsuits, annulment of phony marriages, retraining orders, “guardianship sometimes called conservatorship in some states”, prosecution of the offender, and help in attaining restitution. There are support services available to aid the caregivers in decreasing stresses, while decrease the loneliness and dependence that elders may have toward the caregiver. Examples of services are money management, paying bills, and guardianship ("National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse",…show more content…
Every situation of elder abuse may need a different approach with preventative strategies. As stated, “some examples of strategies include: Abuse Registries & Criminal Background Checks, addressing ageism, advance planning tools, and public Awareness”. Generally, the term “abuse registry” refers to a list of offenders with proved occurrences of abuse and with many cases it is used to conclude whether certain people should be forbidden from working with defenseless people or in specific situations, like a home for elders. Registries are sometimes thought of as a preventative “line of defense”. With registries individuals have been discovered to have abused an adult or elder during a background check for job inquiries. When this type of information surfaces it is crucial to disclose it to protect further victims of abuse. Also stated, “Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have a National Background Check Program. The program's purpose is to identify efficient, effective, and economical procedures for conducting background checks on all prospective direct patient access employees of long-term care facilities and providers”. What is ageism? Ageism is discrimination or being prejudice toward someone because of their age. There is a stereotype and discrimination that exist against old people just as it exist with skin color. Older people have been classified as having old beliefs, abilities and are considered to be senile. This
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