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#ElderCareChat 6/15/16 Recap: Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention

shutterstock_270444908Our last #ElderCareChat conversation coincided with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEAAD2016), and our 49 attendees engaged with our guest expert, Peg Horan, a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) and the NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist/Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator.

Peg coordinates the Center’s MDTs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, consults on elder abuse cases with government and community-based agencies, and trains on elder abuse identification and intervention. Previously, she …Read more ›

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What Do You Do If Your Elderly Loved One Hates His Assisted Living Facility?

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assisted livingAfter spending so much time and energy finding the right assisted living facility for your loved one, you want to see him content and well cared for. You want the transition to be seamless.

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How to Intervene in Cases of Elder Abuse

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elder abuseWe love to read heartwarming stories about devoted caregivers and thriving seniors. When we look at seniors who are well cared for, we think, “Of course – that’s the way it should be.”

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“Handful” of Shelters Available for Elder-Abuse Victims

There are shelters for victims of spousal abuse. There’s foster care for victims of child abuse. But what about victims of elder abuse?  As horrible as it is to think about, elder abuse is a growing problem. So, the Associated Press reports, there are some organizations that provide housing and care for the victims. For example, in Mason, OH:

The Shalom Center offers shelter, along with medical, psychological and legal help, …Read more ›

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Advocacy Group Reveals Deplorable Treatment in Some CA Nursing Homes

State-government inspections have discovered instances of deplorable treatment in some California nursing homes, yet citations are lacking, says the advocacy group California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

The group published government reports on their website that “highlighted health and safety violations at 14 nursing homes statewide,” according to Southern California Public Radio.

The violations span from January 2010 to March of 2012 and include residents left lying for hours in their own …Read more ›

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Assisted Living Crisis

The assisted living scandal in Florida has gone national. Last week, in a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing looking into the state of assisted living facilities, Florida’s cases of abuse, neglect and death were front and center, the Miami Herald reports.

The crisis was brought to light in Florida because of an investigative report from the Miami Herald and WLRN public radio. So the question remains: What about …Read more ›

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Florida Cuts Funds to Assisted Living Facilities “After Years of Rampant Abuse”

State regulators hold assisted living facilities to a certain standard. Right? They may not all be top-of-the-line, but they meet a minimum level of decency. … Right?

Not necessarily, according to the Miami Herald. After the paper published an investigative report in May, Florida has finally cracked down on assisted living facilities that had been given pass after pass through “years of rampant abuse,” the Herald reports.

At least a dozen homes targeted …Read more ›

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Nursing Home Prank: Dementia Patients Coated in Ointment

Two nursing home workers have been sentenced to 20 days in jail for playing a joke on their coworkers, reports McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. See if you think it’s funny:

The prank involved coating seven elderly dementia patients head-to-toe with a greasy ointment so they would be “slippery” and difficult to handle for the next shift of caregivers at Valley View Skilled Nursing Home in Ukiah, CA.

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Background Checks Not Always Enough for Senior-Care Aides

Background checks on senior-care aides are important, but unfortunately, they’re not foolproof—especially if they’re not heeded.

An article in the Minneapolis StarTribune exposes this problem in their state. Minnesota’s government can grant waivers, allowing people with criminal pasts to be employed. This has led to a few elderly people being financially abused, according to the article. For example:

Kilolo Claiborne had a well-worn criminal past when she went to work as a home health aide in …Read more ›

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Florida’s Assisted Living Under Scrutiny: Tips to Avoid Bad Facilities

Florida’s eldercare is making news, and it’s not good.

The Miami Herald and Miami’s WLRN public radio spent a year investigating assisted-living facilities in Florida. They found abuse, neglect and “dozens of cases of preventable deaths—all with few, if any, consequences,” NPR’s Talk of the Nation reports.

While the state tries to figure out how to make things better for future residents, how can you best avoid places like these right now—no matter where you live? The …Read more ›

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