Elder abuse is any action or inaction that causes, or has the potential to cause, harm to an older adult. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult is defined as anyone over the age of 60.
This webinar focused on how malnutrition and frailty are associated and impact function and the risk for falls. Nutrition risk screening was discussed as a way forward for the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition and falls.
The Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) selected and organized evidence-based tools from our Resource Library into this online Geriatric Medication Management Toolkit. This Toolkit contains:
Clinically-focused and validated tools to help you, and patients and their caregivers, identify patients at increased risk of experiencing a medication-related problem;
Intervention tools for homecare professionals, patients and their caregivers, to facilitate implementing proven strategies to manage medications;
Tools to help you, patients, and caregivers communicate more effectively about medication risks with other providers;
Guidelines and evidence-based best practices that provide an overview of the evidence for reducing medication-related problems and adverse drug events in older people.
Hearing impairment is a common but under-reported problem among older adults. The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly Screening Version (HHIE-S) is a 10-item questionnaire developed to assess how an individual perceives the social and emotional effects of hearing loss. The HHIE-S was designed to be used with non-institutionalized older adults in a variety of clinical and community settings. It is usually administered in a face-to-face interview. However, time constraints or a severe-to-profound hearing loss may preclude a face-to-face interview, in which case the HHIE-S may be administered by having the individual do a paper-and-pencil self-report.
The Indicators of Abuse (IOA) checklist signals mistreatment of seniors. The IOA (pronounced Iowa) also helps sensitize the practitioner to important abuse issues. The IOA is practical for busy practitioners and useful in training interveners and volunteers in cases of abuse to recognize the signs of abuse. The IOA is a summary of abuse high-risk signals. It is not, however, a substitute for becoming knowledgeable about abuse signs through education.
The EASI was developed* to raise a doctor’s suspicion about elder abuse to a level at which it might be reasonable to propose a referral for further evaluation by social services, adult protective services, or equivalents. While all six questions should be asked, a response of “yes” on one or more of questions 2-6 may establish concern. The EASI was validated* for asking by family practitioners of cognitively intact seniors seen in ambulatory settings. 2 Pages.