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Gerontological Nursing 2 credit undergraduate course Page 15 of 20

Week 8:

Caregiving and mistreatment of older adults

Readings: Required:

Gerontologic Nursing, 2nd edition Chapter 6: Family Influences, pages 130-140 Chapter 3: Legal and Ethical Issues, pages 37-38 Chapter 7: Socioeconomic and Environmental Influences, page 164-168 Chapter 12: Safety, pages 251-252

(additional readings from journal articles related to topics listed)

Learning Objectives: Define caregiving and describe demographics related to caregiving of older adults Identify specific positive and adverse consequences associated with caregiving Discuss resources available to caregivers of older adults Describe the role of grandparents as caregivers Describe types and indicators of and contributing factors to elder mistreatment Discuss strategies for the reporting, treatment, and prevention of elder mistreatment

Lecture/discussion:

  • 1.

    Definition of caregiving and demographics related to caregiving of older adults

  • 2.

    Positive and adverse consequences associated with caregiving

    • a.

      Caregiver Strain Index

  • 3.

    Resources available to caregivers of older adults

  • 4.

    Role of grandparents as caregivers

  • 5.

    Possible causes of elder mistreatment

    • a.

      Caregiver stress

    • b.

      Dependency or impairment

    • c.

      External stress

    • d.

      Social isolation

    • e.

      Intergenerational transmission of violence; history of abusive relationships

    • f.

      Intra-individual dynamics or personal problems of the abuser

  • 6.

    Types of elder mistreatment

    • a.

      Prevalence

    • b.

      Types

      • i.

        Physical abuse, neglect

      • ii.

        Psychological (emotional) abuse, neglect

      • iii.

        Financial / material abuse, neglect

      • iv.

        Violation of personal rights

  • 7.

    Self-abuse or self-neglect

  • 8.

    Indicators of elderly mistreatment

    • a.

      Physical

    • b.

      Psychological

    • c.

      Financial

  • 9.

    Intervention and reporting

  • 10.

    Treatment

    • a.

      Assessment tools:

      • i.

        try this: Elder Abuse and Neglect Assessment Form Permission is hereby granted to reproduce, post, download, and/or distribute, this material for not-for-profit educational purposes only, provided that Northwest Coalition for Geriatric Nursing Education is cited as the source. This material may be downloaded and/or distributed in electronic format, including PDF format. Available on the internet at www.geronursinged.org E-mail notification of usage to: soncgne@ohsu.edu

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