Abuse Prevalence in Long Term Care

Posted by LTCS on May 16, 2013

Sad Woman in Wheelchair Director of Nursing Book

The statistics will shock you. During 1999-2001, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. nursing homes were cited for violations that had potential to cause harm or that had caused actual harm to a resident.  

Educating staff members on abuse prevention is more important than ever, and should always be part of yearly inservice training.  

UC Irvine’s Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect has some great resources for abuse education, and is the world’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center, bringing together physicians, psychologists, law enforcement, social workers and others to handle complex cases.  

The center hosts the Elder Abuse Training Institute which identifies the most pressing training needs in elder mistreatment, and was recently named by the U.S. Administration on Aging as the National Center on Elder Abuse.  

Download their printable brochure Abuse of Residents of Long Term Care Facilities and read detailed facts and statistics about elder abuse.  

Long Term Care Inservices and Abuse Prevention

Defining and Reporting Abuse in Long Term Care

Posted by LTCS on May 9, 2012

Sad Woman in WheelchairConsidering the amount of turnover in long term care staffing and the level of caregiver stress, being vigilant for signs of resident abuse is vital.

Careful hiring and screening practices will help protect residents.

Educating staff members is also an essential part of prevention.

Abuse is defined as the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.

Federal and state regulations are very specific about the facility’s responsibility in preventing, investigating, and reporting abuse.

These include policies and procedures for: Screening potential employees. (Reference checks from past or current employers, Checks with licensing boards and registries, Criminal background checks)

Defining and Reporting Abuse