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Identifying and Assessing Victims of 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 estimated to be victims of abuse 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 facility's quality of patient care
  • Maintain compliance with The Joint Commission Standard PC.01.02.09

Note: For more details about The Joint Commission Standard PC.01.02.09, and an overview of all types of abuse and neglect, see the course: Identifying and Assessing Victims of Abuse and Neglect.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize forms of elder maltreatment
  • List consequences of elder abuse and neglect
  • Recall methods for identifying victims
  • List steps in the process of assessing a victim
  • Recall how state law affects your care of abused and neglected elders