Tag: elder abuse

JAMA addresses issues with elder abuse screening

In editorials in this week’s issue of JAMA, authors discussed the need for more research in developing better screening tools for discovering instances of elder abuse. The authors were responding to a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that it “found no evidence about whether screening can successfully identify elderly […]

CMS ordered to impose penalties for incidents of unreported abuse/neglect in SNFs

According to an ongoing review of incidents of elder abuse and neglect in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes, the OIG determined that problems still remain with the quality of care being delivered and the reporting and investigation of such incidents. Regulations mandate that SNFs ensure that all alleged violations, such as mistreatment, neglect, or […]

Legal repercussions for posting about residents on social media are not limited to just a few

Recent media coverage tells a sad story about inappropriate usage of social media in long-term care settings¾one that details not only severe legal repercussions for facilities, but also major violations of resident privacy and cases of mental abuse. While privacy and abuse are not black and white matters, the issue of photographs, videos, and identifying […]

More oversight needed in LTC settings to combat elder abuse

Elder abuse is inflicted upon more than 2 million Americans in long-term care settings, and more oversight is needed, according to a government report, “The Elder Justice Roadmap,” published Wednesday. The report defines elder abuse as any “physical, sexual and psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation, is defined as elder abuse.” […]