There is no doubt that the abuse of elderly people occurs both in the community and in healthcare institutions. Nurses, whether based in hospitals or in the community, are in an ideal position to identify possible abuse, design interventional or preventative strategies and safeguard those in their care. However, to be able to carry out this role, they need specific education, training and guidance to heighten their awareness. This chapter examines the causes of abuse, how abuse can be prevented and strategies that can be implemented when it is detected.
- The emergence of elder abuse
- Types of abuse
- Elder abuse in institutions
- Ethical dilemmas
- Detecting elder abuse and designing an intervention strategy