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Doormen being trained to spot signs of elder abuse and neglect

For West Virginia senior citizens who can mostly take care of themselves but need help with certain aspects of life, such as with the administering of medicine, they may be admitted to an assisted living facility instead of a nursing home. Regardless, elder abuse is still present in assisted living facilities. However, without individuals knowing the signs to keep an eye out for, it is hard to detect elder abuse and neglect.

In another state, a training program is breaking ground to catch and stop elder abuse. Those who have lived in apartment buildings understand what someone means when they talk about the doorman knowing everything that happens in the building. Doormen have a trusting relationship with residents, which is exactly one of the reasons they have been asked to help with keeping an eye out for elder abuse.

Within this training program in New York City, doormen are being trained on the signs of elder abuse. They are trained to look for more than just bruises, though, as they are also being taught to keep an eye out for new relatives and strangers. Further, doormen are becoming familiar with the necessary steps of reporting elder abuse.

It will be very interested to see how such a training program pans out. If it has success, an elder abuse training program may become very popular across the country, including here in West Virginia. Nonetheless, individuals that frequently see senior citizens who live on their own as well as those with elderly family members in assisted living facilities or nursing homes may wish to become familiar with the signs of elder abuse and neglect. Elder abuse can be detrimental to those it touches, and it may be punishable with criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit to obtain financial damages to help with medical or other related expenses.

Source: union-bulletin.com, NYC doorman on duty: Spotting elder abuse, No author, Feb. 1, 2014

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