RALEIGH, N.C. – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina conducted a webinar training with nursing homes and long-term care (LTC) facilities throughout our District. The topic of the training was Elder Abuse in Nursing Home Settings: How to Recognize and Prevent. As the COVID-19 pandemic devastated nursing homes early in the pandemic and exacerbated many of the systemic problems already existing in many of the nation’s nursing homes making monitoring and detection of elder abuse more difficult, the training focused on educating nursing home staff on recognizing and preventing elder abuse and neglect. The training focused on critical issues to keep all nursing home and LTC facility residents safe and discussed five types of abuse: physical, psychological, financial, sexual, and neglect/abandonment. The training also provided tips for nursing home and LTC staff to recognize compassion fatigue and using self-care techniques to combat it. Lastly, a list of resources was provided to report elder abuse should it occur in their facility.
For more information about DOJ’s efforts to prevent and combat elder abuse, please visit the Elder Justice Website at https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice. Elder fraud complaints may be filed with the FTC at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or at 877-FTC-HELP. You can also contact the Victim Connect Hotline between 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday, at: 1- 855-4VICTIM (1-855-4842846), or contact the Elder Justice Coordinator at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina at (919) 856-4530.
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