Elder abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Due to social isolation, mental and physical impairment, elders are more vulnerable than others. Locations of abuse are many and include the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or the public. Due to the occasionally stressful demands of caregivers for the elderly, caregivers sometimes find relief in taking advantage of someone that is more vulnerable.
Of the vast array of expenses that confront your organization, the most devastating are abuse, molestation, and sexual misconduct. It can occur between staff and clients, volunteers and clients, clients and clients, and clients and the public. It knows no physical or age barriers.
Like any other exposure, controls leading towards its prevention and management can be created and implemented. Such sophisticated activities, performed by a professional agency, can only act in the best interest of service to clients; the ultimate goal of the organization.
The short and long term emotional and physical effects of abuse, molestation and sexual misconduct on clients are obvious and devastating. The short and long term effects on the organization are less obvious, but extremely devastating, nonetheless.
As with any general safety issue, the problem needs to be clearly identified. In this case, it is abuse and/or molestation, including related misconduct. Next, the statement, prevention activities, and control techniques must be implemented. Implementation involves written procedures and tangible activities.