Voices from the Frontlines: Examining Elder Abuse from Multiple Professional Perspectives
- The title of the article is Voices from the Frontlines: Examining Elder Abuse from Multiple Professional Perspectives. The authors are Marguerite DeLiema, Adria Navarro, Susan Enguidanos and Kathleen Wilber.
- The purpose of the article was to compare the thoughts and views of Adult Protective Service workers and the people charged with the reporting of the progress of the elderly. These are the hospice workers and geriatric care managers. The goal was to understand how they identify, report and respond to different situations in EAN. They hoped to identify key issues surrounding the elderly such as if they take their medication or not, if they are abused or not and if the cases are reported. The general focus was on the behavior of the elderly and what drives that behavior. How the health workers deal with this behavior in terms of reporting and dealing with them. The study was key in detecting and identifying forms of abuse the elderly go through and how such cases are dealt with.
- The findings of this study were that health professionals and workers experienced similar challenges such as elderly victims refusing help and not reporting abuse. Poor communication was prevalent among the health care workers. Referrals that were not necessarily important were made making the caseloads a burden because they would take longer to address. Mandatory reporting was sometimes not done which brings down the essence of its carrying out.
- I love that solutions are trying to be found in the process of protecting our elderly who are at times stubborn but still fragile. This is the path for most of humanity and abusing them just because they cannot defend themselves is inhuman. Mandatory reporting should be lived up to even for the purpose of living up to its name. It is supposed to be done, no short cuts or excuses. I agree that in the past it may have been overlooked for a seemingly good reason like trying to find solutions through the help of the patients or family members but there was a reason it was made mandatory in the first place. Cases should be dealt with urgency to avoid piling unlooked into cases and therefore denying justice to the afflicted. The fact that health workers experienced similar issues in their line of work means that they should have sat on the issues long ago and come up with effective solutions.