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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Elder Abuse Prevention and Response: The Vital Role of Homecare Professionals in Safeguarding Older and Vulnerable Adults
Sydney Palinkas, ElderSAFE Center

Nearly 5 million people are affected by elder abuse every year in the United States. Research shows that elder abuse victimization increases the rates of depression, hospitalization, and pre-mature death. Unfortunately, this issue remains mostly hidden. Only one in 24 cases of elder abuse are reported. Homecare professionals have a vital and unique role in the response to elder abuse.

This training will discuss the increased vulnerability to abuse that older adults are experiencing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn about the complex dynamics of elder abuse, including the common misconceptions, types of abuse, warning signs, and barriers to disclosure. Participants will learn about their own role as mandatory reporters and the vital role that homecare professionals play in reporting, particular during the Covid-19 pandemic. The training will also provide an overview of the ElderSAFE Center, a comprehensive healthcare-based elder abuse prevention center, located in Rockville.

Educational Objectives
•    Understand the complex dynamics of elder abuse and the increased risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic
•    Identify warning signs of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation
•    Fully understand the role and responsibilities of health professionals as mandatory reporters
•    Appropriately refer patients to community resources, including the ElderSAFE Center

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Preparing for the Inevitable: Infection Control Survey Audit
Jennifer Gibson Osburn, Home Centered Insights

The  COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in some way, and agencies are juggling payment changes, PPE price hikes, policy changes, and staffing challenges among other challenges. In this interactive session, the attendee will learn about the CoP-required infection control program and impact of COVID-19 to this program. Focused surveys are happening now - learn what the surveyor will look for when they show up at your agency.

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