ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT

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minmark
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   Posted 7/7/2007 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
As the population of individuals 65 or older increase, so has the incidence of abuse. This is hidden in public view. It is important to become more aware of the scope and many issues surrounding this sensitive topics.
 
                      TYPES OF ABUSE
I.Passive and active Neglect .
The caregiver fails to meet   the physical, and/ or emotional needs of the individual. With active neglect, the caregiver intentionallyfails to meet his/her obligations towards the elderly.  Passive neglect, the failure iss unintentional, this is due to caregiver overload or lack of information and knowledge. 
 
II. Physical Abuse : An intentional infliction of physical harm of an older person. This range from slapping to beating to excessive form of physical restraint.
 
III. Financial Abuse :The misuse, misappropriation or exploitation of older people material or monetary assets.
 
IV. Psychological Abuse : It's the intentional affliction of mental harm or psychological distress upon the older people. The abuse range from insults, verbal assaults or the threats of isolations.
 
V. Sexual Abuse : It consist of any sexual activity for which the older person does not consent or incapable of giving concent. (e.g. from exhbitionism to fondling to oral, anal, or sexual intercourse.
 
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replystreet
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   Posted 7/7/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
This is sad. I had no idea that things like this were going on. Especially the sexually one. That's a shoke that people would take advantage of older people like that. There should be laws to protect older people, especially from getting robbed and physical abuse.

**HI there could you please edit the phone number for the drug company please

It is against forum rules ........

THanks email me if you would like to

 

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 7/8/2007 9:31:12 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/8/2007 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks hun I had done a thread on this last yr and I have worked in homes that abuse was taking place
I only did a couple of shifts found one lady with her colostomy bag not on properly and she had feces from one end of her to other and you could see it had been like that for quite some time

I had reported both places to our Health Care for The Elderly and Elder Abuse ( akin toi Childrens services here ) and they went in and took action.........

MORE and more abuse goes on daily hourly as the workers are not properly trained and or they are there for the little bit of monies they get and not for the right reasons at all

Love and Empathy

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   Posted 7/16/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe this is SO IMPORTANT for people to rise up and really take notice and ACTION if they know of any abuse mentally and physically

YOU have a MORAL and LEGAL obligation to do so to report it as you would Children being abused.........

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minmark
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   Posted 7/16/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   

California law mandates that certain individuals report known or suspected instances of elder ror dependent abuse. Failure to do so is a crime.

WHO IS MANDATED REPORTER

Any person who has full responsibility for care or custody of an elder or dependent adult, wether or not the person receives compensation, including administrators, supervisors, and any license staff of a public or private facility, health practitioner, sevices agency or local law enforcement agency is mandated reporter.

REMEMBER :

Every individual that has knowledge of an incident that appears to be abuse, must file a report. There is no penalty for filing a report; there is a significant penalty for failing to report.


donajean
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   Posted 7/16/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello All,

I have posted from the hep c forum months ago because my husband has Hep C and cirhosis of the liver. He is still holding his own.

I have been a private duty caregiver for 25 years now. I have had alot of training in healthcare.

My question is I have an 89 year old female who has had a stroke. She is very fragile. She lives by her self in her condo and does have close neighbors. She has one daughter who is an RN, a grandson who is a Dr. and son in law who is a Dentist. The problem and my concern is that they leave this lady home in her hospital bed from 6pm untill 9:30 the next morning. I don't like this!!Sometimes I have found this lady home by herself during the day. How can this lady get something to eat and all?

This lady can not fend for herself! I have just started this job and I think that it is sad that this is happening. This lady fell while she was in an RN's care hurt her hand. It looks broke. They didn't take her to the Dr. nor did they x-ray it!

I have been offered another position and I think I am going to take it. I don't understand the leaving this lady by herself in the night. In the am when I arrive she has feces and urine and of course I bathe her in the shower.

What would you do in this situation?

 

Thanks,

donajean

 

 


minmark
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   Posted 7/17/2007 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree that this 89 year old frail lady must not be left alone in her condo.What will happen if there will be fire, she'll be burned to death, she fell down, and her daughter did nothing, so the lady now is in agony of pain...

As a mandated reporter you can report the incidents of known or suspected abuse in two ways:

* By telephone immediately, or as soon as practically possible to the local ombudsman or the local law enforcement agency. AND

* By written report to DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES in your area

These are included in your report>>>Name, adress, telephone number of person making the report
>>>Name and address of the victim
>>>The date, time, and place of the incident
>>>Other details, as required

WHO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF ABUSE

State investigation of suspected instances oof abuse, neglect, isolation, abandonment or financial abuse are the responsibility of :
>>>The LOng-Term Care Ombudsman Program
>>>Local Law Enforcement
>>>Department of Justice, Bureau of Medi-cal Fraud and Elder Abuse

Each country has their pertaining laws and implementations regarding Elder Abuse and Neglect, and I"m sure elderly are protected in any country of this world.

M.Catherine
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   Posted 7/17/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Donna-Jean,
Re. the woman you are caring for who is left alone at night: I thnk you should talk to her daughter the RN about how this problem and how it could be addressed. I'm sure that she would be as anxious as you are to see that her mother is well-cared for. It sounds as if the famiy could afford more help - they may not be aware of the situation as you see it. It would be a pity if you took another job when your input could mean so much to this family. Please give them the benifit of the doubt and tell them of your concerns. It would be a win-win situation for all.
Mary

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   Posted 7/17/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
ALL great input MM and M Catherine SPOT on IMHO

PLease do talk to daughter and this HAS to be reported in IMHO as well

This happens all the time and ppl do die from injuries they get from falling .......

Please do let us know what is going on

God Bless
LYN

NEEDS TO BE REPORTED.....IMHO


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donajean
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   Posted 7/24/2007 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,

Thank You for your input. As I am still working for this lady 7 days a week for a while, I have not had a chance to talk face to face to the daughter. When I call she makes it very short!

The daughter and her family are out of town and will be for the next few days. Also next week as well.
I did come in one day over the weekend and found the telephone by her bed off the hook. I wonder
if she would of used her lifeline button if she could of gotten help? I kinda doubt it since it works through the phone line. I also wonder if she can use her life line. Some times I find she tries to put it inside her shirt.
Her mind is going down, therefore making it more known that she doesn't need to be by herself!

I will get back to you folks as soon as I know something. It is hard bringing this emotional baggage with me home every day. It's bad enough to have a sick husband!

Have a good day.
donajean

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   Posted 7/24/2007 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I implore you althought you are working for this Lady PLEASE report what has been going on
This Lady's life is at risk IMHO and has to have someone stand up for her and be the HERO if you will she cannot do it and I am saddened by all I have seen in my yrs as a nurse so PLEASE do report even though you are still working there

Keep us posted

LYN

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   Posted 9/10/2007 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anything come out of this
Any further word .....??
How is the Woman
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   Posted 9/17/2007 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Did this end up being reported or no

Just worried and wondering

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