Elder abuse: responsibilities of staff when safeguarding nursing home residents in the Republic of Ireland
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Elder abuse: responsibilities of staff when safeguarding nursing home residents in the Republic of Ireland

Anita Duffy Nurse tutor, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, and adjunct assistant professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Louise Casey Principal medical social worker and director of bereavement counselling and family, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin, Ireland
Michael Connolly Joint associate professor of clinical nursing, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the policies and procedures related to safeguarding nursing home residents at risk of abuse

  • To be aware of the categories and possible indicators of elder abuse

  • To learn about the role of nurses in the assessment and management of suspected incidents of elder abuse

Elder abuse is a growing concern for nurses who work with older people, and safeguarding incidents can be challenging and complex to manage. In the Republic of Ireland, safeguarding agencies claim there is a lack of reporting of abuse to the authorities, raising questions as to whether nurses know how, when and where to report safeguarding concerns. Despite varying strategies and laws concerning the reporting of elder abuse worldwide, the principles of recognising and responding to abuse are similar. However, to date, there is no specific legislation governing safeguarding for adults in Ireland. This article discusses elder abuse and safeguarding nursing home residents from an Irish perspective, explaining the process of managing concerns in practice using an analysis of a case study.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1404

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Duffy A, Casey L, Connolly M (2022) Elder abuse: responsibilities of staff when safeguarding nursing home residents in the Republic of Ireland. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1404

Published online: 12 October 2022

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