Elder mistreatment in the long-term care setting




Pickens, Sabrina
Halphen, John M.
Dyer, Carmel B.

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American Geriatrics Society


Elder mistreatment (EM) is a wellknown problem in nursing homes (NHs). Resident-to-resident aggression is the most common form of EM, but facility staff, family members, and other individuals can be perpetrators. As the population of older adults continues to grow, the demand for long-term care services will increase. The presence of more residents in NHs raises the risk for EM, especially if adequate staff-to-resident ratios are not maintained and staff education on EM is lacking. This article provides an overview of the types of EM; discusses reporting of EM; reviews intervention and prevention strategies; and outlines the epidemiology, risk factors, common perpetrators, signs and symptoms, morbidity and mortality risks, and screening and assessment of EM.


Article originally published in Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, 19(8), 30-35. English. Published online 2007 https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/altc/articles/elder-mistreatment-long-term-care-setting Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.


Nursing homes, Long-term care services, Resident-to-resident aggression


This is the published version of an article that is available at: https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/altc/articles/elder-mistreatment-long-term-care-setting. Recommended citation:Pickens, S., Halphen, J.M. & Dyer, C.B. (2011). Elder mistreatment in the long-term care setting. Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging, 19(8), 30-35. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.