Research Proposal And Supporting Document

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Research Proposal and supporting document
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Working within a care setting with vulnerable elderly service users can create a relationship consisting of trust, familiarity and reliability. This in some cases can lead to service users becoming subject to abuse, this can be anything from, physical, sexual, psychological, financial or material, discriminatory, neglect and omission (SCIE, 2013).
Elderly people are seen as vulnerable adults, along with those over 18 years who have mental health problems, learning disabilities or physical disability, assuming that vulnerable adults experience a higher prevalence of abuse and neglect (National Centre for Social Research, 2007).
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Within the Health and Social Care sector, it is important to research as most of the research found is evidence based, therefore this could make changes to policies and influence practice (DOH, 2013).
The importance of this research based on neglect and potential abuse occurring within residential and nursing homes across the UK is to analyse the extent and any factors that may contribute towards neglect and potential abuse, analysing any intervention that maybe needed put an end to neglect and abuse on elderly service users.
The ageing population continues to increase, which suggest long term care maybe required. Evaluating factors that may contribute towards abuse and neglect can impact on any interventions that may be put into place to prevent abuse and neglect occurring in the future.
Within the past 30 years studies have been carried out to investigate abuse and neglect within care homes. The first “random sample survey” was carried out in Boston by Pillemer and Finklehor in 1988, analysing the extent of abuse and neglect, the results were compelling, “32 maltreated older people per 1,000”… the spouses were most likely to be the abuser, both men and women were as equally vulnerable, however it was the women that suffered more serious abuse (Oxford Journals, 2014). Although abuse and neglect had become recognised, only one in 14 cases came to the public’s attention (Ibid 2014).

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