The Issue Of Elder Abuse And Neglect

1455 Words Jul 27th, 2015 6 Pages
The issue of elder abuse and neglect is a significant health care issue, that need to be brought to the attention of society. Seniors who stay at home or in nursing homes are at more risk. Nurses should be aware of the signs and symptoms as well as resources in the community. By having a better understanding of these issues, nurses can recognize problems and help prevent the devastating effects of elderly abuse.
Every elderly deserved the right to be treated with respect and protect from all type of abuse (American Psychological Association, 2006; Lee, 2007). Significant progress have been made in the past five years toward eliminating violence against older adults. However, the lack of knowledge and clinical skills in health care provider still remains. The purpose of this paper is to bring awareness on abuse and neglect as well as requirements to report it in the state of Georgia.
Background
Abuse is defined as a result in harm or threatened harm to the health of an elderly person. It can also be the withholding of necessary goods or services by a caregiver that maintain the physical and mental needs of an elderly. Elder abuse can come in the form of physical, psychological and financial abuse (AMA, 2015). Elder abuse and neglect has been an unrecognized topic for centuries. However, not until recently did it come to the attention of society. Fewer research studies exist on the extent and outcome of elderly abuse than other forms of family violence such as child abuse.…

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