Specialized Indiana nurses are joining forces to help protect against elder
abuse including Nursing Home Injuries and Nursing Home Neglect. The Allen
County nurses perform forensic medical exams for the Fort Wayne Sexual
Assault Treatment Center and have now formed FACE or Forensic Advocacy
Center for Elders. This is Indiana’s first such program.
As described by
www.news-sentinel.com in the article,”Nurses Put FACE on Elder Abuse Victims,” this
agency aims to provide victims of elder abuse a wide range of help. The
goal is to better coordinate responses from various agencies when a report
of elder abuse or neglect arises.
Elder abuse can come in many forms including from Nursing Home Abuse and
Nursing Home Neglect. While many cases of abuse go unreported, there are
dozens of abuse or neglect reports in Indiana each month. As reported
in the News-Sentinal article, a long term care ombudsman for northeast
Indiana stated that in February alone, she had more than 55 reports of
abuse or neglect from verbal abuse to a resident with bruises. And, according to
www.elderabuseca.com, in Indiana in the 2004 fiscal year, reports of adult abuse increased
about 12 percent from the previous year.