Masters Thesis

Elder abuse: identifying risk factors and best practices in long term care

This qualitative study attempts to discover the risk factors associated with Elder Abuse and the best practices for successful implementation in the Long Term Care Industry. The body of related literature highlights the 30 year history of major US policies that address Elder Abuse, and the theories that help give a better understanding on the causes that are associated with this issue. The researcher employed a non-experimental approach with the use of Hermeneutics and content analysis as the primary tools for conducting this study. The findings of this study proved current legislation against Elder Abuse as well as various prevention strategies conducted by state Adult Protection Services (APS) and other programs have not been effective in protecting Elders from Abuse. Recommendations include Employment of Uniform APS Reporting Laws, Development of Routine Elder Abuse Screening/Training Programs, and Further Research and Investigation in order to assist in developing more effective policies and practices for Elder Abuse in Long Term Care facilities.

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