Responding to a "Window of Opportunity": The Detection and Management of Aged Abuse in an Acute and Subacute Health Care Setting
AuthorJoubert, L; Posenelli, S
Source TitleSOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sJoubert, Lynette
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsJoubert, L. & Posenelli, S. (2009). Responding to a "Window of Opportunity": The Detection and Management of Aged Abuse in an Acute and Subacute Health Care Setting. SOCIAL WORK IN HEALTH CARE, 48 (7), pp.702-714. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981380902922367.
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Aged abuse can manifest as physical harm, sexual assault, intimidation, blackmail, and social deprivation, misappropriation of funds or property, and neglect. The extent of the problem is difficult to assess in health settings due to underreporting and the fragility and reluctance of the elderly in being able to discuss the issue with health care providers. This appears to be related to the fact that perpetrators are frequently family members with resulting issues of aged dependency, family loyalty, and fear of the consequences of reporting. Of equal importance is a general lack of community understanding of aged abuse, including health professionals who frequently lack the confidence in screening and management to respond appropriately when aged abuse is suspected. Staff knowledge and skills emerge as a deficit in the detection of elder abuse and staff education has been identified as an effective means of improving the recognition of the abused elderly person in acute hospital settings. In addition, there remains a need for effective screening protocols. The aim of this study was to explore the recognition of aged abuse in an acute and subacute hospital setting. This has implications for effective management and community linkage as well as strengthening the knowledge base of issues related to this vulnerable group. The study included a survey and interview with hospital staff to explore their response to aged abuse over a retrospective twelve-month period.
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