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3 – BASIS FOR THE TREATMENT OF THE DIAGNOSIS

Diagram 1.2 – Treatment Guideline on Elder Abuse and Neglect34

SCREENING

Abuse or neglect suspected.

Abuse or neglect not suspected.

Report to Adult Protective Services (in the countries where available).

is there an immediate danger?

YES

NO

Undertake a full, private assessment with the patient.

Create a safety plan. Options include: hospital admission, court protective order, and safe home placement.

YES

NO

ASSESSMENT :

  • -

    Health and performance status

  • -

    Safety

  • -

    Social and financial resources

  • -

    Frequency and severity

  • -

    Cognitive status

  • -

    Discuss safety issues.

  • -

    Schedule for full assessment.

-

E

m o t i o n a l s t a t u s

Reasons to believe the abuse or neglect occurred. Plan intervention.

No abuse or neglect found.

  • 34.

    Taken from: American Medical Association: Diagnostic and Treatment Guidelines on Elder Abuse and Neglect,

    • p.

      13, 1992, Chicago.

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