There is a growing recognition of the incidence of abuse of older people by people in a relationship of trust with them such as family, friends or others on whom they depend. Community care workers are in a unique position to support older people who are vulnerable to abuse, and to assist them if abuse occurs.
Recognising the signs of abuse of older people and responding appropriately is a challenge confronting all care workers and service systems. Preventing abuse of older people is an even greater challenge. The aim of this briefing is to distil evidence from research to guide care workers and managers in their day-to-day work with older people living in the community.
This briefing has been prepared by the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne in partnership with The Benevolent Society.