Elder Abuse: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

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Elder Abuse in Connecticut

Since 1996, Assisted Living Services, Inc. has been dedicated to the improving the lives of senior citizens in Connecticut. Through our in-home care programs and our innovative use of technology to age in place, we help honor older adults’ wish to remain safe at home for as long as possible.

Training Our Staff

One new way we are honoring our commitment to Connecticut elders is by educating our caregivers on the signs and symptoms of elder abuse. Unfortunately, at a time when elder abuse is increasing, funding for adult protective services has decreased in many communities. That leaves some of the most vulnerable members of our population at even greater risk. We felt it was important to train all of our staff to be aware of what constitutes elder abuse and to understand what to do if they suspect an older adult in their neighborhood or community may be a victim.

Elder abuse can take many forms ranging from physical and emotional to neglect and financial exploitation. As part of what will now be on-going education of office staff, managers, and caregivers, we began this new initiative by training all staff on the issues surrounding elder abuse.

We first trained all of our managers on elder abuse signs and symptoms, and on how to report suspected abuse. We then utilized their leadership skills to educate every ALS employee on these topics. The supervisors held individual and group in-services to tackle this often difficult subject matter. All employees were tested on the information and then a review was held with a manager.

Feedback received by our team has been very positive. As elder advocates, they all appreciate the opportunity to learn more about ways they can help Connecticut seniors.

If you suspect a senior you know may be the victim of abuse, this brochure “Red Flags of Elder Abuse” from the Center on Elder Abuse will help you understand what to do.

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