Identifying abuse of elderly people
Fiona L Howell Staff nurse, And Alison Hopwood is senior staff nurse in the Emergency Department, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary
Fiona Howell and Alison Hopwood report on the phenomenon of elder abuse and their experience of a visit to North America to learn more about both A&E and community responses to it
With the elderly population increasing rapidly, and people living well into their 70’s and 80’s (1), it is not surprising that the number of elderly people attending AE departments has also increased. Elderly attenders have their own specific needs and requirements, and many attend with illness and injuries specific to their age group.
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