University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Although health care practitioners have a legal and ethical duty to identify and intervene in suspected cases of elder abuse and mistreatment, the existing lack of knowledge and perceived barriers to reporting often interferes with this duty. The goal of the elder abuse and mistreatment learning modules is to provide case-based training to health care professionals. The training consists of two presentation modules with embedded speaker notes. Module One: Identifying Elder Abuse, focuses on the descriptions, signs and symptoms of elder abuse and mistreatment. Module Two: Screening and Intervening, concentrates on screening for elder abuse and mistreatment and provides guidance for intervention. Combined, these modules provide a basic understanding of elder abuse and mistreatment to assist health care practitioners in identifying and reporting this prominent public health problem.
After reviewing these modules, participants will be able to:
- Describe three types of elder abuse.
- List five signs and symptoms that raise suspicion of elder abuse.
- Identify three factors for elder abuse and neglect.
- Determine the steps to screen for elder abuse.
- Describe three interventions for victims of elder abuse.
- Discuss three interventions for stressed caregivers.
- List common community resources available to elders and their families.
Many of the slides within these presentations contain animations. It would be advisable to closely review slides prior to presenting to an audience. Embedded speaker notes are an additional feature of the presentations.