Nursing Home Neglect Guide

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Nursing Home Neglect Guide:

Nursing Home Neglect Guide One of the more commonly accepted definitions of elder abuse is “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.”[1] This definition has been adopted by the World Health Organization from a definition put forward by Action on Elder Abuse in the UK.

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The core feature of this definition is that it focuses on harms where there is “expectation of trust” of the older person toward their abuser. Thus it includes harms by people the older person knows or with whom they have a relationship, such as a spouse, partner or family member, a friend or neighbor, or people that the older person relies on for services. Many forms of elder abuse are recognized as types of domestic violence or family violence.

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The term elder abuse does not include general criminal activity against older persons, such as home break ins, “muggings” in the street or “distraction burglary”, where a stranger distracts an older person at the doorstep while another person enters the property to steal.

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The issue of finance is a particularly challenging one when trying to promote older people. This is because most older people have surpassed retirement age a long time ago and may not have the ability to take care of their complex health or social needs. This is why stakeholders such as health administrators and the federal government have been looking for ways of financing such projects. In the year 2006, US the government attempted to modernize the older people’s Act. This was done by providing a total of four billion dollars in order to assist in promotion of their independence.

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The issue of day care services usually crops up when talking about older people. However, in order to promote independence, it is necessary for older people to delay joining nursing homes. This is so because of the fact that some older people enter into nursing homes at an age where they can still manage on their own. It therefore becomes an avenue for wastage of resources.

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