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Older people abuse: how nurses can spot the signs and what to do about it

It is vital that nurses recognise abuse, be it physical, emotional, financial or sexual, and take action

It is vital that nurses recognise abuse, be it physical, emotional, financial or sexual, and take action

  • An estimated one in five people over 65 has experienced abuse, the charity Hourglass says
  • Older people can be victims – and perpetrators – of abuse in any setting, including care homes and their own homes
  • Community nurses must consider all elements of people’s lives that might be affecting their health

Abuse of older people is at unprecedented levels but nurses across settings are in a key position to help those at risk.

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