Hospice/home care employees and volunteers interact on a daily basis with very vulnerable patient populations. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) estimates that somewhere between one and two million Americans age 65 and older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone whom they depended on for care or protection. According to the non-profit organization ChildHelp, more than two and a half million cases of child abuse and neglect are reported each year. A statistical breakdown of those reports reveals that 35 percent of these cases involve physical abuse, 15 percent involve sexual abuse and 50 percent involve neglect. As you can see, multiple types of abuse can occur in a single reported event.
Organizations that provide healthcare in a community-based setting need to be particularly vigilant to avoid allegations of abuse against their employees. One way this can be done is through rigorous employee screening and background checks. The organization should also provide educational training programs with information on interpersonal caregiver skills, managing difficult resident care situations, conflict resolution, observing/reporting abuse, and maintaining professional boundaries.
In order to assist our clients with employee and volunteer training on this topic, Glatfelter Insurance Group has produced a video on Abuse Prevention Risk Management. To order this important new DVD resource, click on the link below and complete the order form.
Sexual Abuse Resources
- Abuse Prevention and Reporting DVD - Order Here PDF
- Nationwide Provider of Employment Screening - IntelliCorp
- Sexual Abuse Prevention Program - Download PDF
- Sample Sexual Abuse Policy - Download PDF
Please contact Betty Norman to discuss your specific issues, needs or concerns at (800) 233-1957, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.