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
- 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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