Refer to appendix Three for the recommended Elder abuse Action and Protection Plan
The discussion can be with family/whanau, lead practitioner, line manager, Age concern elder abuse and neglect prevention coordinator and any other relevant agencies or professionals. A decision may need to be made immediately regarding an urgent course of action
A strategy meeting needs to be held if the alleged abuse is serious, the risk of abuse is continuing, is serious, the case is complex or ongoing, the alleged abuse is of a criminal nature or if the allegation is serious or complex.
The main thing is to check whether or not the abuse and or neglect is still occurring adn then to see if other areas have improved, i.e. Is the older person eating properly and the carer less stressed.
Age Concern shoudl arrange for older person, carer, family/whanau and all other service providers to attend the case plan review on the date set in the original plan. (refer to appendix five)
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 of distress to an older person”
Analyses of cases seen by elder abuse services found that family members were most often identified as the abuser, in particular adult sons or daughters (40% of abusers) or the spouse or partner of an older person (15% of abusers)
Lack of care with personal clothing (including loss of clothes, being dressed in other peoples’ clothes, dirty or unkempt, spectacles not clean, wearing other peoples’ spectacles, hearing aids or teeth)