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The Health Service Executive (HSE) (ROI) recently published its 7th review of the HSE’s Elder Abuse Services for 2014. In 2014, there were a total of 2,592 referrals made to the elder abuse service which is an increase of 5% on referrals from 2013. This represents the largest number of referrals received in any year since the service was established.
Demands from family members for money are among the issues that arose in new research on elder financial abuse in a survey from Age Action and Ulster Bank. In addition, almost 50pc of bank officials have dealt with elder financial abuse.
The Health Service Executive (ROI) launched a new national policy aimed at protecting older people and disabled persons from abuse.
Included in this are provisions for sexual abuse, which is said to include, “rape and sexual assault, or sexual acts to which the vulnerable person has not consented, or could not consent, or into which he or she was compelled to consent.”
The Health Service Executive, Republic of Ireland, recently published its 6th review of the HSE’s Elder Abuse Services for 2013.
In 2013, the HSE received 2,437 referrals of elder abuse to its service. This represented a marginal decline of 1% in referrals in 2012. However, this should be viewed in the context of a 30% increase in the number of referrals since 2008.
Elder abuse continues to be a problem for the health services, with almost 2,500 incidents reported to the HSE last year, a new report indicates. The number of referrals of elder abuse, at 2,437, was down 1 per cent on the previous year, but overall the figure has increased 30 per cent since 2008. Read more here.
Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Older people has called for the introduction of legislation that would better protect older people from abuse. The call follows a report that found the number of referrals of abuse had risen by more than 76% in three years. Read more here.
Up to 10,000 older people in Northern Ireland may have been abuse victims, it was revealed. The country is the only part of the UK which does not have specific laws protecting vulnerable adults or is not drafting them, according to Older People's Commissioner Claire Keatinge. "It is essential that older people are better protected from abuse and that law and policy supports this," she said. Read more here.