3 – BASIS FOR THE TREATMENT OF THE DIAGNOSIS
Diagram 1.2 – Treatment Guideline on Elder Abuse and Neglect34
Abuse or neglect suspected.
Abuse or neglect not suspected.
Report to Adult Protective Services (in the countries where available).
is there an immediate danger?
Undertake a full, private assessment with the patient.
Create a safety plan. Options include: hospital admission, court protective order, and safe home placement.
Health and performance status
Social and financial resources
Frequency and severity
Discuss safety issues.
Schedule for full assessment.
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.
Taken from: American Medical Association: Diagnostic and Treatment Guidelines on Elder Abuse and Neglect,
13, 1992, Chicago.