The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) recently unveiled 22 recommendations aimed at helping nurses and health care aides in long-term care facilities prevent and speak about elder abuse and the neglect of older adults. The recommendations will be part of an upcoming Best Practice Guideline Preventing and Addressing abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-wide Approaches.
The recommendations are varied and fall under three major categories: practice, education, and policy, organization and system. Here are a few examples of some of the recommendations:
· Identify the rights, priorities, needs and preferences of the older adult with regard to lifestyle and care decisions before determining interventions and supports.
· All employees across all health-care organizations that serve older adults participate in mandatory education that raises awareness about: ageism, the rights of older adults, the types, prevalence and signs of abuse and neglect of older adults
· Organizations/institutions establish and support collaborative teams to assist with preventing and addressing abuse and neglect of older adults.
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