Elder Abuse Prevention Strategies

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Elder Abuse – Senior Safety Episode

Show Concept – The Elder Abuse/Senior Safety topic will be a 4-part series that shows the different types of elder abuse that exist, educates viewers on community resources, and provides tips for keeping yourself and your family safe. The episodes will not focus on following one individual or family through an entire abuse scenario, but will instead highlight several abuse scenarios. Each segment will be 30 minutes.

General Background

Types of elder abuse
Physical Abuse - Inflicting, or threatening to inflict, physical pain or injury on a vulnerable elder, or depriving them of a basic need. •Emotional Abuse - Inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts. •Sexual Abuse - Non-consensual sexual contact of any kind. •Exploitation - Illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a vulnerable elder. •Neglect - Refusal or failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care or protection for a vulnerable elder. •Abandonment - The desertion of a vulnerable elder by anyone who has assumed the responsibility for care or custody of that person.

Open show with a support group of people/families that have been victims of abuse •Have 4 personal stories
i.Physical & mental abuse
ii.Sexual abuse
Jump into a training session with DCF training law enforcement? i.Discuss the different types of abuse
ii.Show pictures of abuse
Filming a home that shows clear signs of neglect/abandonment •Taking a family member into a bank to withdraw funds
Show training session with law enforcement
Fast facts
Short cameos of people who have been abuse or caregivers who have had a loved one abused

What are the “take-away” messages
You are not alone – these things happen
Elder abuse should be reported
Fraud is real … it happens every day
It is important to ask questions and verify information
Focus on prevention
What happens if you don’t get involved
It’s better to have hard questions now with your family, then to try and repair the damage after it’s done •Provide a better understanding of how the Department of Children and Families – Adult Protective Services functions … if you call the hotline and a case is opened •Provide tips for families … safety awareness

Elder abuse is an emerging issue in communities … what should we expect in the future (we are with elder abuse … where the community was 20 years ago with child abuse)

Episode 1 – Abuse

What is the definition of abuse
What are the different types of abuse
Today’s focus is “abuse” (neglect & abandonment will be 2nd, Exploitation - 3rd, resources & prevention – 4th)Abuse
What is “abuse”
What are the warning signs of “abuse”
Where do you report abuse (and to which agencies)
How do these agencies investigate cases of abuse
Scenario 1 – typical abuse case
Scenario 2 – person with severe mental health capacity who lives in a nursing home is sexually assaulted and becomes pregnantScenario 3 – nursing home
People in this episode
Ombudsman - talks about the fine line of “abuse” in a nursing home settingChild abuse expert – talks about the history of child abuse and how it has become a more newsworthy topic over the years … now our community is starting to explore the issue of elder abuseLaw enforcement officer

Victim advocate
DCF Director – what their role is in abuse cases
Lawyer to summarize elder abuse
Families who have had an elder abused
Nursing home administrator – to talk about steps they take to prevent abuse

Episode 2 – Neglect & Abandonment

Today’s focus is neglect, including caregiver neglect and “capacity to consent” neglect, and abandonmentNeglect & abandonment
What is...
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