Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Abuse

Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Abuse 

According to the 2010 Census, the population of individuals over the age of 65 is the largest population in the United States. In 2012, the population of adults in this age group was estimated to be just over 43 million individuals, and by the year 2050, that number is projected to rise to 83.7 million. However large this population is, there is one factor that is often overlooked (NCEA, 2017): Abuse. While it is almost impossible to determine exactly how many cases of elder abuse occur in the United States each year, research has found that about 10% of elderly persons are or have been abused. However, this number is likely much higher. In fact, some have estimated that for every reported case of elder abuse, as many as 5 additional cases go unreported (NCEA, 1998). Many of these cases go unreported because older adults are fearful, embarrassed, isolated, dependent on the abuser, or incapable of reporting. However, providing a safe environment is of the utmost importance in home care. Recognizing, reporting, and preventing abuse is one way to ensure client safety.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-RRPA
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Recognize situations that may indicate abuse.
Recall how to report suspected cases of abuse.
Explain your role in preventing abuse.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Types of Abuse

What is Abuse?

Physical Abuse



Sexual Abuse

Mental/Emotional Abuse

Verbal Abuse

Other Forms of Abuse



Section 3: Risk Factors and Signs of Abuse

Risk Factors

Signs of Abuse



Section 4: Prevention, Intervention, and Reporting







Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributors



Staff Writer: Adam Roesner, BSN
Adam Roesner, BSN has been working with various quality measures optimization since 2013. His experience in program management in both clinical and performance measures allows a unique perspective on the challenge faced by healthcare systems today. Adam has presented trainings on HCAHPS programs for sales forces and executive leadership alike, and has managed various skin health and HCAHPS educational programs and bundles for acute, post-acute, and IDN facilities. Disclosure: Adam Roesner, BSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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