According to Terry Fulmer, who wrote the journal article “ Progress in Elder Abuse Screening and Assessment Instruments” in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society says that there are many ways to assessment elder maltreatment. This best practice is called Elder Assessment Instrument (EAI); this instrument was created to look at the following categories: general assessment, physical assessment, level of independence in life style, social assessment, medical assessment, and a summary section. (Terry, Fulmer).
This is a practice performed by medical professional to make sure elderly participants are not being maltreated. It also is a practice to label elderly people who may be at high risk for maltreatment. Elderly patients go through these assessments when at doctor visits or in nursing home facilities.This is a best practice because it covers many different aspects of an elderly person’s life. It looks at their physical health and social assessment. So, if someone is being mistreated, it will come up during the evaluation. Also, the social assessment tells medical personnel whether or not the elder person is at a high risk of being maltreated or not.
The presenting issue is that not all elderly people are going to speak up if they are being mistreated. Also, if someone is confused and has dementia they may not even know they are being mistreated. This could pose a serious risk for that person. A lot medical professional want to make sure things are in place for elderly people who may not have a voice.
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