Elder abuse (EA) is of increasing relevance in the context of an aging society, and this has implications for detection and intervention for several types of healthcare providers, including forensic nurses. Knowledge related to EA is important as victims are likely to interact with providers, because of either existing health problems or the consequences of abuse. This article provides a brief overview of EA, followed by an outline of current detection and intervention efforts used by healthcare providers in community and hospital settings. In addition, knowledge about help-seeking and barriers to disclosure are discussed to inform healthcare provider interactions with older adults where EA is suspected or disclosed. To illustrate challenges faced by healthcare providers in this area, two cases of EA involving case management by a forensic nurse in a specialist service in Canada are presented.
- barriers; disclosure; elder abuse; engagement; older adult mistreatment; older adult neglect