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Elder Abuse and Neglect

Elder maltreatment is a serious problem in the United States:

  • Between 1 and 2 million older Americans (over age 65) are abused each year.
  • Not all cases of elder abuse or neglect are reported.

The Joint Commission has a standard for victims of abuse or neglect (Standard PC.01.02.09). The rationale for the standard explains the important role of healthcare workers in identifying victims.

In this course, you will learn how to identify, assess, refer, and report victims of elder abuse and neglect. This will help you:

  • Improve public health and your agency's quality of patient care
  • Maintain compliance with The Joint Commission Standard PC.01.02.09

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify forms of elder maltreatment that can occur in a home healthcare setting.
  • List consequences of elder abuse and neglect that can affect residents in a home healthcare setting.
  • Cite methods for identifying victims of abuse and neglect in a home healthcare setting.
  • List steps in the assessment of a victim that will assist in providing the proper treatment.
  • Cite the impact of state law(s) on the care of abused and neglected elders in a home healthcare setting.