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This activity was developed for nurses and other professional healthcare providers to identify and manage suspected and actual cases of elder abuse.


Commercial Support AcknowledgmentNo commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of NeedElder abuse is a serious problem in America. Recent studies have shown an increase in abuse over the last decade. Each year between one and two million elderly citizens are victims of abuse and neglect in America. It is widely accepted that this data is incomplete, but the statistics call attention to the seriousness of the problem

As mandatory reporters of abuse and suspected abuse, nurses must be familiar with the risk factors that can lead a caregiver to be abusive, the types and signs of elder abuse, what to do if elder abuse is suspected.

Method of ParticipationTo complete this activity and obtain continuing education credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosure section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online activity evaluation form.

    AccreditationMedcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit DesignationMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    OverviewThe material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Consequences of Elder Abuse
  • Risk Factors
  • Recognizing All Types of Elder Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Improper Use of Restraints
  • Misuse of Residents Property
  • Managing the Stress of Caregiving
  • If You Suspect Abuse
  • Reporting
  • Conclusion

    Learning ObjectivesAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe types and signs of elder abuse.
  • Identify factors that put elders at risk of being abused.
  • Identify factors that put caregivers at risk of becoming abusive.
  • Describe steps that should be taken if elder abuse is suspected.
  • Identify when reporting is necessary, and how and where to report suspected abuse.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Judith B. Eighmy RN, BSN, CRNH, and Anita Fitzgerald, RN, MSN served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed a content validation review. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use DisclosureMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    Preventing Elder Abuse: Helping Keep Residents Safe Online course
    • Course ID:
      245008
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50