Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Abuse

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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.

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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.

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