STOP elder abuse in care facilities – TIPS & SIGNS

World Health Organization (WHO) statistics show institutional elder abuse is far more prevalent than in the person’s own home setting (aka community)


Prevalence – Community dwelling Seniors

Population-based studies suggest that
between 4% and 6% of community dwelling
elderly people have experienced
some form of abuse (WHO 2002b).

Prevalence – Institutions

In a US survey, 36 % of nursing home
staff reported having witnessed at least
one incident of physical abuse of an
elderly patient in the previous year, 10 %
admitted having committed at least one
act of physical abuse themselves, and
40% said that they had psychologically
abused patients (WHO, 2002b)

Read Complete Presentation:  2010-11-09 World Health Organization institutional elder abuse stats


We can do many things to stop elder abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities:

  • Make sure facilities are proper staffed. One staff for ten elderly clients is abuse waiting to happen. This includes home care services.
  • Consider that one person cannot healthfully care for an elderly individual for long-periods of time. Look into home nursing help, hospice services, or having other family member come and help.
  • Look for good civic support from all levels of government.
  • Make sure that there is good coordination between law enforcement, care facilities, senior advocates, and adult protective services.
  • Learn more about the process. Support and create further educational opportunities for people who work with the elderly population.
  • Review abuse laws. Laws are in place at both state/provincial and national levels.
  • This includes abuse registry for perpetrators.  (more…)

Granny Snatching – growing menace in North America

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This shocking disregard of the law and the rights of individuals is a fast-growing trend both in Canada and in the United States.

Find out how to protect yourself or a loved one from the courts, over-zealous agencies and family members with designs on an elderly family member’s health, wealth and freedom.

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Ronald Winter is an author, public relations executive, college professor and award winning journalist. He regularly writes and speaks on the military and politics.

Ron WinterRon is author of the book Masters of the Art, A Fighting Marine’s Memoir of Vietnam published by Random House, and writes Winter’s Soldier Story, his website blog column.

His newest work of non-fiction is Granny Snatching, How a 92-Year-Old Widow Fought the Courts and Her Family to Win Her Freedom.

Ron gave up an academic scholarship at the State University of New York at Albany in 1966 to join the Marines and fight in Vietnam as a helicopter crewman and machine gunner. He flew 300 combat missions and was awarded 15 Air Medals, Combat Aircrew Wings, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

After Vietnam he earned undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English Literature. In a two-decade journalism career Ron was the recipient of several prestigious awards and a Pulitzer nomination.

He was featured in 2004 in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project; is an adjunct professor of communication at the University of Hartford; is a judge for the annual Connecticut Young Writers competition; and is a director for Michael J. London & Associates Public Relations firm in Trumbull, CT.

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