Elder Abuse - Causes, Types and Reporting

Elder Abuse - Causes, Types and Reporting 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the learner with elder abuse and neglect. This course will introduce the learner to the problem of elder abuse, its consequences, and the risk factors that make people vulnerable to abuse. We will learn about the different kinds of elder abuse, why they happen, how to recognize their effects on victims, and how to prevent them happening. We will also learn about the obligations of healthcare providers to report suspected elder abuse, as well as how to make a report to the proper authorities and intervention partners. Understand who typically abuses vulnerable adults and why.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1731323

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-CARE107
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Indicate the prevalence of abuse
Identify types of abuse and neglect
Explain the responsibilities of a mandated reporter
Identify ways to prevent abuse or neglect
Explain the role of Adult Protective Services and long-term care


1.       Introduction

a.       Incidence of elderly abuse

b.       Underreporting

                                                               i.      Lack of knowledge

                                                             ii.      Fear

                                                           iii.      Vulnerable populations

c.       Consequences of abuse

                                                               i.      Health and emotional Consequences for victim

1.       Financial loss

2.       Early death

3.       Psychological distress

                                                             ii.      Legal consequences for abuser

                                                           iii.      Legal consequences for providerInstructor: Eric Chalfant, PhD

Dr. Eric Chalfant is a professional researcher and author with a PhD in religious studies from Duke University. He honed his research skills as a nationally-ranked collegiate policy debater and debate coach at Whitman College. In addition to his work for OnCourse Learning, Eric has contributed to Duke University's National Congregation Study and has edited and published scholarly works for Oxford University Press. Disclosure: Eric Chalfant, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN
Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN, was a subject matter expert for Relias. She has 25 years of healthcare experience in both acute and post-acute healthcare environments. Her experience includes leadership and management across the healthcare spectrum. She has owned and operated an assisted living business. Carlson's clinical practice includes acute care, long-term acute care, home health and hospice. Carlson has served for over a decade in various board positions for State Nursing Associations, including president. She has been a nurse planner for multiple continuing education events and has experience as a leader in the design and implementation of an ANCC-CNE accredited approver unit for a multi-state nursing consortium. Carlson is certified as Critical Care Registered Nurse.    Disclosure: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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